Useful Resources

Web Sites

If you want to find out more about workhouses and the Poor Laws in general, we recommend the following sites:

The Rossbret Workhouse Homepage - Covers all aspects of the Poor Law, along with details and photographs of the UK's Union Workhouses. They also have a mailing list.

Peter Higginbotham's Workhouse Site - Covers all aspects of the Workhouse, with maps of the various unions.

Medway Council's Cityark Entries on the Local Workhouses - This page gives an introduction to the local workhouses, as well as details of the records they have and how to view them.

The BBC History Site - The BBC's "Century Road" series featured Century Road, Rainham, Kent. One of the residents interviewed had spent some time in Chatham Workhouse, and part of the interview with him is in this part of their website.


Workhouse Records

Records of the workhouse and its inmates are held at the Medway Studies Centre, whose contact details are as follows:

Medway Studies Centre
Civic Centre
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1634 332 714

Fax: +44 (0)1634 297 060

e-mail: or

Their opening hours are:

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.

There may well be more details on the local council's website.

Local Register Office

The local register office for births, marriages and deaths is in Chatham. The contact details are:

Chatham District Register Office
114 Maidstone Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1634 844073 (0930 - 1600 GMT/BST)

Fax: +44 (0)1634 840165

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