Workhouse, St James Hospital

1858 Print of the newly built workhouse, which later became part of St James Hospital. The foundation stone was laid on Easter Monday, April 5th 1858 by William Middleton, Chairman of the Board of Guardians. In 1882 suffrage supporter Louisa Carbutt of Westfield Grove, St. Michael's Road, Headingley was the first women to be elected a Poor Law Guardian. She was followed in 1884 by Gertrude Wilson of 6 Montpelier Terrace, Hyde Park and Magaret Baines, daughter of the Leeds Mercury Owner. This building is now occupied by the Thackray Medical Museum.

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My Great Great Grandfather William Best was an inmate here in 1861. He was a widow and looks like he must have fallen on hard times.