Catalogue description Risbridge Poor Law Union

This record is held by Suffolk Archives - Bury St Edmunds Branch

Details of 2746
Reference: 2746
Title: Risbridge Poor Law Union
Date: 1880-1959
Related material:

For other Risbridge Union records see:- DC 1/5/1-12 Guardians' minutes, 1894-1930


DC 1/5/13-23 Ledgers, 1896-1930

Held by: Suffolk Archives - Bury St Edmunds Branch, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Risbridge Poor Law Union, Risbridge

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acc. no. 2746

  • Risbridge, West Suffolk
  • Haverhill, West Suffolk
  • Mental health
Administrative / biographical background:

These records, emanating mainly from the master of the Union Workhouse [later Kedington Institution] and the Relieving Officer for the Haverhill District, should, strictly speaking, be split into three collections, reflecting the changes in the authority administering the institution, viz,


1896-1930 Risbridge Poor Law Guardians


1930-1948 West Suffolk County Council, through its Public Assistance Committee


1948-1959 West Suffolk Area Health Authority


The workhouse itself was redesignated the Kedington Institution in 1930 and from then until 1948 housed the aged and mentally ill; in 1948 it became a mental hospital.


As so many of the records overlap the 'change-over' years of 1930 and 1948, the whole collection has been treated as a unit. The records have been listed as far as possible under the title of the official who created them or was responsible for their safe-keeping.

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