Parish Poorhouses

The majority of Kent parishes found it necessary to provide accommodation of some kind for their poorer inhabitants. This could take many forms with houses being rented or purchased by the parish in which to house individual families. They could also rent or purchase a larger house to use as a parish poorhouse or workhouse in which larger numbers of individuals would be housed, especially the old and infirm. Alternatively they could have arrangements with other parishes to send their poor to that parishes’ poorhouse or make formal arrangements with other parishes to form “Unions” with one large poorhouse/workhouse (see “Parish Unions Prior to 1834”). Please note that this section is still being researched.

Acol or Wood (Thanet Union)

Acrise (Elham Union)

Addington (Malling Union)

Adisham (Bridge Union)

Aldington (East Ashford Union)

Alkham (Dover Union)

Allhallows (Hoo Union)

Allington (Malling Union)

Appledore (Tenterden Union)

Ash (Dartford Union)

Ashford (West Ashford Union)

Ash-next-Sandwich (Eastry Union)

Ashurst (Tonbridge Union)

Aylesford (Malling Union)

Badlesmere (Faversham Union)

Bapchild (Milton Union)

Barfreston (Eastry Union)

Barham (Bridge Union)

Barming (Maidstone Union)

Bearsted (Maidstone Union)

Bekesbourne (Bridge Union)

Benenden (Cranbrook Union)

Bethersden (West Ashford Union)

Bettshanger (Eastry Union)

Bexley (Dartford Union)

Bicknor (Hollingbourne Union)

Bidborough (Tonbridge Union)

Biddenden (Tenterden Union)

Bilsington (East Ashford Union)

Birchington (Thanet Union)

Bircholt (East Ashford Union)

Birling (Malling Union)

Bishopsbourne (Bridge Union)

Blackmanstone (Romney Marsh Union)

Blean (Blean Union)

Bobbing (Milton Union)

Bonnington (East Ashford Union)

Borden (Milton Union)

Boughton Aluph (East Ashford Union)

Boughton Malherbe (Hollingbourne Union)

Boughton Monchelsea (Maidstone Union)

Boughton-under-Blean (Faversham Union)

Boxley (Hollingbourne Union)

Brabourne (East Ashford Union)

Brasted (Sevenoaks Union)

Bredgar (Milton Union)

Bredhurst (Hollingbourne Union)

Brenchley (Tonbridge Union)

Brenzett (Romney Marsh Union)

Bridge (Bridge Union)

Broadstairs with St Peter (Thanet Union)

Brook (East Ashford Union)

Brookland (Romney Marsh Union)

Broomfield (Hollingbourne Union)

Buckland near Dover (Dover Union)

Buckland near Faversham (Faversham Union)

Burham (Malling Union)

Burmarsh (Romney Marsh Union)

Canterbury – All Saints (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – Archbishop’s Palace (Blean Union)

Canterbury – Holy Cross Westgate Within (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – Mint (Bridge Union)

Canterbury – St Alphege (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St Andrew (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St George the Martyr (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St Margaret (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St Martin (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St Mary Bredin (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St Mary Bredman (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St Mary Magdalen (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St Mary Northgate (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St Mildred (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St Paul (Canterbury Union)

Canterbury – St. Dunstan (Blean Union)

Canterbury – St. Gregory (Blean Union)

Capel (Tonbridge Union)

Capel le Ferne (Dover Union)

Chalk (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Challock (East Ashford Union)

Charing (West Ashford Union)

Charlton near Dover (Dover Union)

Chart Sutton (Hollingbourne Union)

Chartham (Bridge Union)

Chatham (Medway Union)

Cheriton (Elham Union)

Chevening (Sevenoaks Union)

Chiddingstone (Sevenoaks Union)

Chilham (East Ashford Union)

Chillenden (Eastry Union)

Chislet (Blean Union)

Christchurch (Blean Union)

Cliffe (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Cobham (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Coldred (Dover Union)

Cooling (Hoo Union)

Cowden (Sevenoaks Union)

Cranbrook (Cranbrook Union)

Crayford (Dartford Union)

Crundale (East Ashford Union)

Cuxton (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Darenth (Dartford Union)

Dartford (Dartford Union)

Davington (Faversham Union)

Deal (Eastry Union)

Denton (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Denton next Elham (Dover Union)

Detling (Hollingbourne Union)

Ditton (Malling Union)

Doddington (Faversham Union)

Dover – St James the Apostle (Dover Union)

Dover – St Mary the Virgin (Dover Union)

Dover Castle Liberties (Dover Union)

Dunkirk (Faversham Union)

Dymchurch (Romney Marsh Union)

East Cliffe (Dover Union)

East Farleigh (Maidstone Union)

East Langdon (Dover Union)

East Malling (Malling Union)

East Peckham (Malling Union)

East Sutton (Hollingbourne Union)

East Wickham (Dartford Union)

Eastbridge (Romney Marsh Union)

Eastchurch (Sheppey Union)

Eastling (Faversham Union)

Eastry (Eastry Union)

Eastwell (East Ashford Union)

Ebony (Tenterden Union)

Edenbridge (Sevenoaks Union)

Egerton (West Ashford Union)

Elham (Elham Union)

Elmsted (Elham Union)

Elmstone (Eastry Union)

Erith (Dartford Union)

Ewell (Dover Union)

Eynsford (Dartford Union)

Eythorne (Eastry Union)

Fairfield (Romney Marsh Union)

Farningham (Dartford Union)

Faversham (Faversham Union)

Folkestone (Elham Union)

Fordwich (Bridge Union)

Frinsbury (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Frinsted (Hollingbourne Union)

Frittenden (Cranbrook Union)

Gillingham (Medway Union)

Godmersham (East Ashford Union)

Goodnestone next Faversham (Faversham Union)

Goodnestone next Wingham (Eastry Union)

Goudhurst (Cranbrook Union)

Grain (Hoo Union)

Grange (Medway Union)

Graveney (Faversham Union)

Gravesend (Gravesend Union)

Great Chart (West Ashford Union)

Great Mongeham (Eastry Union)

Guston (Dover Union)

Hackington (Blean Union)

Hadlow (Tonbridge Union)

Halling (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Halstead (Sevenoaks Union)

Ham (Eastry Union)

Harbledown (Bridge Union)

Harrietsham (Hollingbourne Union)

Hartley (Dartford Union)

Hartlip (Milton Union)

Hastingleigh (East Ashford Union)

Hawkhurst (Cranbrook Union)

Hawkinge (Elham Union)

Headcorn (Hollingbourne Union)

Herne (Blean Union)

Hernhill (Faversham Union)

Hever (Sevenoaks Union)

High Halden (Tenterden Union)

High Halstow (Hoo Union)

Higham (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Hinxhill (East Ashford Union)

Hoath (Blean Union)

Hollingbourne (Hollingbourne Union)

Holycross Westgate Without (Bridge Union)

Hoo St Mary (Hoo Union)

Hoo St Werburgh (Hoo Union)

Hope All Saints (Romney Marsh Union)

Horsmonden (Tonbridge Union)

Horton Kirby (Dartford Union)

Hothfield (West Ashford Union)

Hougham (Dover Union)

Hucking (Hollingbourne Union)

Hunton (Maidstone Union)

Hurst (East Ashford Union)

Hythe (Elham Union)

Ickham (Bridge Union)

Ifield (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Ightham (Malling Union)

Isle of Elmley (Sheppey Union)

Isle of Harty (Sheppey Union)

Ivychurch (Romney Marsh Union)

Iwade (Milton Union)

Kemsing (Sevenoaks Union)

Kenardington (Tenterden Union)

Kennington (East Ashford Union)

Kingsdown (Dartford Union)

Kingsdown near Sittingbourne (Milton Union)

Kingsnorth (West Ashford Union)

Kingston (Bridge Union)

Knowlton (Eastry Union)

Langley (Hollingbourne Union)

Leaveland (Faversham Union)

Leeds (Hollingbourne Union)

Leigh (Sevenoaks Union)

Lenham (Hollingbourne Union)

Leybourne (Malling Union)

Leysdown (Sheppey Union)

Lidsing (Medway Union)

Linton (Maidstone Union)

Little Chart (West Ashford Union)

Little Mongeham (Eastry Union)

Littlebourne (Bridge Union)

Loddington (Maidstone Union)

Longfield (Dartford Union)

Loose (Maidstone Union)

Lower Halstow (Milton Union)

Lower Hardres (Bridge Union)

Luddenham (Faversham Union)

Luddesdown (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Lullingstone (Dartford Union)

Lydd (Romney Marsh Union)

Lydden (Dover Union)

Lyminge (Elham Union)

Lympne (Elham Union)

Lynstead (Faversham Union)

Maidstone (Maidstone Union)

Marden (Maidstone Union)

Margate (Thanet Union)

Meopham (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Mereworth (Malling Union)

Mersham (East Ashford Union)

Midley (Romney Marsh Union)

Milstead (Milton Union)

Milton-next-Canterbury (Bridge Union)

Milton-next-Gravesend (Gravesend Union)

Milton-next-Sittingbourne (Milton Union)

Minster-in-Sheppey (Sheppey Union)

Minster-in-Thanet (Thanet Union)

Molash (East Ashford Union)

Monks Horton (Elham Union)

Monkton (Thanet Union)

Murston (Milton Union)

Nackington (Bridge Union)

Nettlestead (Maidstone Union)

New Romney (Romney Marsh Union)

Newchurch (Romney Marsh Union)

Newenden (Tenterden Union)

Newington next Hythe (Elham Union)

Newington next Sittingbourne (Milton Union)

Newnham (Faversham Union)

Nonington (Eastry Union)

Northbourne (Eastry Union)

Northfleet (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Norton (Faversham Union)

Nursted (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Oare (Faversham Union)

Offham (Malling Union)

Old Romney (Romney Marsh Union)

Orgarswick (Romney Marsh Union)

Orlestone (East Ashford Union)

Ospringe (Faversham Union)

Otford (Sevenoaks Union)

Otham (Maidstone Union)

Otterden (Hollingbourne Union)

Oxney (Dover Union)

Paddlesworth (Elham Union)

Patrixbourne (Bridge Union)

Pembury (Tonbridge Union)

Penshurst (Sevenoaks Union)

Petham (Bridge Union)

Pevington (West Ashford Union)

Plaxtol {Malling Union)

Pluckley (West Ashford Union)

Postling (Elham Union)

Poulton (Dover Union)

Preston-by-Wingham (Eastry Union)

Preston-next-Faversham (Faversham Union)

Queenborough (Sheppey Union)

Rainham (Milton Union)

Ramsgate with St Lawrence (Thanet Union)

Reculver (Blean Union)

Ridley (Dartford Union)

Ringwould (Dover Union)

Ripple (Eastry Union)

River (Dover Union)

Riverhead (Sevenoaks Union)

Rochester – St Margarets (Medway Union)

Rochester – St Nicholas (Medway Union)

Rodmersham (Milton Union)

Rolvenden (Tenterden Union)

Ruckinge (East Ashford Union)

Ryarsh (Malling Union)

Saltwood (Elham Union)

Sandgate (Elham Union)

Sandhurst (Cranbrook Union)

Sandwich – St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Eastry Union)

Sandwich – St Clement (Eastry Union)

Sandwich – St Peter (Eastry Union)

Sandwich (Eastry Union)

Sarre (Thanet Union)

Seal (Sevenoaks Union)

Seasalter (Blean Union)

Sellindge (Elham Union)

Selling (Faversham Union)

Sevenoaks (Sevenoaks Union)

Sevington (East Ashford Union)

Shadoxhurst (West Ashford Union)

Sheerness (Sheppey Union)

Sheldwich (Faversham Union)

Shipbourne (Malling Union)

Sholden (Eastry Union)

Shoreham (Sevenoaks Union)

Shorne (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Sibertswold or Shepherdswell (Dover Union)

Sittingbourne (Milton Union)

Smarden (West Ashford Union)

Smeeth (East Ashford Union)

Snargate (Romney Marsh Union)

Snave (Romney Marsh Union)

Snodland (Malling Union)

Southfleet (Dartford Union)

Speldhurst (Tonbridge Union)

St Margaret-at-Cliffe (Dover Union)

St Mary in the Marsh (Romney Marsh Union)

St Nicholas-at-Wade (Thanet Union)

Stalisfield (Faversham Union)

Stanford (Elham Union)

Stansted (Malling Union)

Staplegate (Blean Union)

Staplehurst (Maidstone Union)

Staple-next-Wingham (Eastry Union)

Stelling (Elham Union)

Stockbury (Hollingbourne Union)

Stodmarsh (Bridge Union)

Stoke (Hoo Union)

Stonar (Thanet Union)

Stone near Dartford (Dartford Union)

Stone-in-Oxney (Tenterden Union)

Stone-next-Faversham (Faversham Union)

Stourmouth (Eastry Union)

Stowting (Elham Union)

Strood (North Aylesford/Strood Union)

Sturry (Blean Union)

Sundridge (Sevenoaks Union)

Sutton at Hone (Dartford Union)

Sutton Valence (Hollingbourne Union)

Sutton-by-Dover (Eastry Union)

Swalecliff (Blean Union)

Swanscombe (Dartford Union)

Swingfield (Elham Union)

Tenterden (Tenterden Union)

Teston (Maidstone Union)

Teynham (Faversham Union)

Thanington (Bridge Union)

Throwley (Faversham Union)

Thurnham (Hollingbourne Union)

Tilmanstone (Eastry Union)

Tonbridge (Tonbridge Union)

Tong (Milton Union)

Trotterscliffe (Malling Union)

Tudely (Tonbridge Union)

Tunbridge Wells (Tonbridge Union)

Tunstall (Milton Union)

Ulcombe (Hollingbourne Union)

Upchurch (Milton Union)

Upper Hardres (Bridge Union)

Waldershare (Eastry Union)

Walmer (Eastry Union)

Waltham (Bridge Union)

Warden (Sheppey Union)

Warehorne (East Ashford Union)

Wateringbury (Malling Union)

Weald (Sevenoaks Union)

West Barming (Maidstone Union)

West Cliffe (Dover Union)

West Farleigh (Maidstone Union)

West Hythe (Romney Marsh Union)

West Langdon (Dover Union)

West Malling (Malling Union)

West Peckham (Malling Union)

Westbere (Blean Union)

Westerham (Sevenoaks Union)

Westwell (West Ashford Union)

Whitfield (Dover Union)

Whitstable (Blean Union)

Wickhambreaux (Bridge Union)

Willesborough (East Ashford Union)

Wilmington (Dartford Union)

Wingham (Eastry Union)

Wittersham (Tenterden Union)

Womenswold (Bridge Union)

Woodchurch (Tenterden Union)

Woodnesborough (Eastry Union)

Wootton (Dover Union)

Wormshill (Hollingbourne Union)

Worth (Eastry Union)

Wouldham (Malling Union)

Wrotham (Malling Union)

Wychling (Hollingbourne Union)

Wye (East Ashford Union)

Yalding (Maidstone Union)