Commissioners of the Almshouse and Bridewell, 1759-1860, bulk: 1789-1847

Scope and Contents

This series contains the greatest number of records pertaining to infants and children, with information regarding their admission, age, place of residence, nursing information and various accounting information. Most entries relate to later years. This series contains many detailed Admissions, Discharge and Death ledgers for the various institutions. This series also holds a strong group of Census ledgers, with most records pertaining to the later years of the Commissioners of the Almshouse and Bridewell. There is a great deal of overlap in the information given in both the Census and Admissions records. The accounts ledgers are detailed and cover various expenditures for foods and supplies, as well as payments made for the relief of the sick and the poor. Other accounts ledgers include information regarding building expenses for the Almshouse and other buildings, as well as accountings of monies paid out to suppliers or for services rendered. The accounts books are all in chronological order. There is only one volume of minutes of the Commissioners of the Almshouse and Bridewell but it provides valuable information, in report form, as to what was going on in the various institutions under their care and control. Contained in this series is the first time any type of distribution record for the Almshouse is noted. The volume in this series deals predominantly with distributions of provisions and clothing.


9.6 cubic feet (48 volumes)


1759-1860, bulk 1789-1847

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Series VI and VII of the collection contain subseries that are restricted. See individual series access notes for volume restrictions.


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Existence and Location of Originals

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