The master and his assistant resided in Twyne House and Twyne Cottage, while the inmates lived in a long building in the yard behind, now occupied by St James' Trust. The population falling within the Union at the 1831 census had been 7,823 — with parishes ranging in size from Lullington (population 49) to Eastbourne itself (2,726).The average annual poor-rate expenditure for the period 1831-34 had been £11,964 or £1.10s.7d. The new Eastbourne Board of Guardians retained the existing workhouse for use by the Union and in 1859 finally purchased the site.
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In the 1770s, Winkfield had a parish workhouse able to accommodate up to 40 inmates.
Easthampstead Poor Law Union was formed on 27th July 1835. In 1928, James Wilder, 61, an inmate of the institution for more than six years, made a series of charges against the workhouse officials.
He had originally planned to make the donation to the church of St Mary Magdalene and St Michael which stands opposite.
He apparently changed his mind after the local clergy refused to trim a overhanging tree in the churchyard which regularly knocked off his hat!
[Up to 1834] [After 1834] [Staff] [Inmates] [Records] [Bibliography] [Links] A parliamentary report of 1777 listed parish workhouses in operation at West Dean (with accommodation for up to 18 inmates), Eastbourne (50), and Wilmington (8).