In the 1730s, Ecclesfield erected a workhouse in a building on the site of former almshouses at the west of St Mary's Lane.The Workhouse stands in a good situation, and the lodging rooms are tolerably comfortable, but not sufficiently sub-divided.
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The main workhouse block was then described as "a Dickensian workhouse which remains a grim, dark inconvenient Victorian building...
Dinner—Sunday, Wednesday, butcher's meat, potatoes, broth and bread ; Monday, Thursday, bread and 2oz. Supper—Sunday, Wednesday, broth and bread ; other days, milk pottage and bread.
Oatbread is generally used, sometimes wheaten bread. Wortley Poor Law Union was formed on 21st August 1838.
There are 5 or 6 beds in each room, and 2 or 3 sleep in a bed, which are filled with chaff, and have each 2 sheets, 1 blanket and 1 rug. Very little work is done, as the Poor are mostly old people and children.
Bill of fare : Breakfast—every day, milk pottage and bread.
Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 20 in number, representing its 12 constituent parishes as listed below (figures in brackets indicate numbers of Guardians if more than one): West Riding of Yorkshire: Bradfield (3), Ecclesfield (4), Hoyland Swaine, Hunshelf, Langset, Ingbirchworth, Oxspring, Penistone, Tankersley, Thurgoland (2), Thurlstone (2), Wortley (2). Initially, the Wortley Union continued to use existing workhouses at Ecclesfield and Bradfield.