Newton Abbot Poor Law Union, Devon

Newton Abbot Poor Law Union comprised of the following parishes:

  • Abbotskerswell, Devon

  • Ashburton, Devon

  • Bickington, Devon

  • Bishopsteignton, Devon

  • Bovey Tracey, Devon

  • Broadhempston, Devon

  • Buckland in the Moor, Devon

  • Chudleigh, Devon

  • Chudleigh Knighton, Devon

  • Cockington, Devon

  • Coffinswell, Devon

  • Combe in Teignhead, Devon

  • Dawlish, Devon

  • Denbury, Devon

  • East Ogwell, Devon

  • East Teignmouth, Devon

  • Haccombe, Devon

  • Hennock, Devon

  • Highweek, Devon

  • Ideford, Devon

  • Ilsington, Devon

  • Ipplepen, Devon

  • Kingskerswell, Devon

  • Kingsteignton, Devon

  • Lustleigh, Devon

  • Manaton, Devon

  • Moretonhampstead, Devon

  • North Bovey, Devon

  • Starcross, Devon

  • St Marychurch, Devon

  • St Nicholas, Devon

  • Stokeinteignhead, Devon

  • Teigngrace, Devon

  • Torbryan, Devon

  • Tormohun, Devon

  • Trusham, Devon

  • Upton, Devon

  • West Ogwell, Devon

  • West Teignmouth, Devon

  • Widecombe in the Moor, Devon

  • Wolborough, Devon

  • Woodland, Devon

Poor Law Unions adjacent to Newton Abbot

Health and Housing in the Newton Abbot Poor Law Union

In 1842 the quality of health and standard of housing were described as follows:

Mr Henry Hele medical officer of the Ashburton district Newton Abbot union says

“The refuse and filth, necessarily arising from the consumption of the families and otherwise, is usually thrown in a pit at the back of the houses, frequently beneath or near the room in which they principally live. They have no other place to keep the filth above named; and if they had, the principal number do not appear to have the wish to remove it further off. They cannot be convinced of the mischiefs arising from the generation and accumulation of foul air. Their sewers or drains, when any, are not kept clean, and frequently they are found to be completely choked; the scavengers are not permitted to remove the refuse and dung from the backs of the houses, as the poor preserve it at any risk, for the purpose of manure for a small crop of potatoes or otherwise. The ventilation around the houses is generally very bad.”

“I firmly believe that the majority of cases” (of contagious febrile diseases) “is produced by a crowded state of the inmates, together with the accumulation of filth, in the immediate vicinity of the dwellings.”

Newton Abbot Poor Law Union Records

Newton Abbot bastardy order book, 1844-1860 Author: Devon Family History Society; Devon Record Office (Exeter)

Newton Abbot Workhouse births, 1846-1866 Author: Newton Abbot Poor Law Union Workhouse (Devonshire); Devon Family History Society; Devon Record Office (Exeter)

Devon union workhouses and their records Author: Bolt, Barbara

Parish poor law records in Devon Author: Devon Record Office (Exeter)