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It had a piggery, a garden field, and a small orchard, and the inmates grew and sold large amounts of potatoes and cabbages.
A paid manager was employed by the parish's Select Vestry to run the establishment but it appears not have been a popular job.
These usually took place on Tuesday evenings with women inmates helping with the supper.
The money raised was often used to take children from the union homes on holiday to Marske or Redcar.
A new Guisborough Union workhouse was erected in 1838-9 on the corner of Northgate and what is now Church Lane. The original sick wards were in a separate block at the north of the site. It had separate male and female entrances at either side of the central block. Guisborough 1894 infirmary and 1912 nurses' home from the south-west, 2001. For its first ten years, the new workhouse was somewhat underused, with the average number of inmates being about 30.
It cost about £2,629 and could accommodate about 130 inmates. By 1867, the average occupancy had risen to about 90.[Up to 1834] [After 1834] [Staff] [Inmates] [Records] [Bibliography] [Links] A parliamentary report of 1777 recorded a local workhouse in operation at Guisborough (for up to 14 inmates), Marske (6), and Skelton (40).