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In 1839, the Poor Law Commissioners authorised an expenditure of £4,000 on construction of the building which was to accommodate 200 inmates.The design of the building appears to be a modified form of the model "square" design published by the Commissioners in 1835, and lacked two of the normal four wings giving it more of an H-shaped layout.There was literature and the spoken word – from dramatist and screenwriter Annie Nutter, authors Justin Hill, Richard Newman and Ian Hamilton to legendary broadcaster Andy Kershaw – comedy inspired by music, politics and intimations of mortality from leading stand-ups Kieran Hodgson, Ayesha Hazarika, Paul Sinha and Mitch Benn. Internationally-renowned guitarist Craig Ogden as our Artist in Residence, appeared as soloist with the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, directed a master class and gave a solo recital that was un-missable.There was a wealth of music from local and regional groups with welcome returns to the Festival of St Aidan’s Swing Band and the Wetherby Silver Band plus large-scale barbershop from Spirit of Harmony, folk rock and bluegrass from The Paul Mirfin Band, St James’ Choir blending sacred and secular, and a very successful Elvis Dinner Dance marking the 40th anniversary of his passing.Addingham former poorhouse (left end of building), 2009. In 1777, a parliamentary report recorded workhouses in operation at Skipton (for up to 40 inmates), Grassington (22), and Kettlewell (20).Skipton's workhouse was located near the junction of Brook Street and Broughton Road, next to Eller Beck.The south range of the main block contained male accommodation at the west and female at the east. Skipton had a reputation as being rather more humane than many other workhouses.The range running northwards to the centre contained the dining-hall and kitchen which then connected to an octagonal hub where the Master's quarters were located. In 1852, a local man named Benson Bailey wrote of the "cleanliness, comfort and cheerfulness" of the inmates.
It originally had just two rooms, with its water taken from the nearby beck.The northern range may have house children or the infirm. Later additions to the site included a 48-bed infirmary in 1900 at the north of the site (replacing the laundry), and male and female vagrants' blocks respectively at the east and west of the porter's lodge. The elderly received a tobacco allowance, and in 1871 an excursion to Morecambe was provided for the workhouse children.The original layout is shown on the 1850 map below. Between 18, a small infirmary or fever hospital and a laundry were built to the north of the main workhouse. Skipton rear of main block from the north-west, 2000. The old infirmary block was later used as a nurses' home. From 1904, to protect them from disadvantage in later life, the birth certificates for those born in the workhouse gave its address just as 16 Gargrave Road, Skipton.Since the closure of the hospital in around 1990 the site has been redeveloped for residential use. The proprety, known as Aireview House, could house up to twenty children.
[Up to 1834] [After 1834] [Staff] [Inmates] [Records] [Bibliography] [Links] A parliamentary report of 1777 recorded a parish workhouse in operation at Fordingbridge for up to 70 inmates.
An arched entrance block containing the porter's lodge was added at the south of the site. In 1930, control of the workhouse site passed to the West Riding County Council.