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Tavistock Workhouse- Religious Creed Register 1872 – 1873

This booklet was compiled by members of the Devon Family History Society in co-operation with the Devon Records Office. The booklet provides an extract of some information and further details may be obtained from the Devon Records Office. From 1868-9, the workhouse master had to record the religious creed of each new inmate so that appropriate arrangements could be made in respect of their education (in the case of children), serious illness, or death. The register in which this information was recorded, usually listed the name of the inmate, date of admission, the place from whence each was admitted, the religious creed or faith (e.g. Church of England, Wesleyan Methodist), the name of the informant and date of discharge or death. Nineteenth century workhouse admission and discharge registers have usually not survived in Devon, and this is the case for Tavistock Workhouse; however, the creed register can act as a replacement for these lost registers, and is therefore a valuable, and for Devon, a rare survival. This religious creed register of inmates admitted to Tavistock Union Workhouse [ref: DRO Tavistock PLU 75] is held at the Devon Record Office in Exeter. It covers the dates from 1868 to 1875. Registers of Tavistock Workhouse births, 1866-1918 (Tavistock PLU 21), and deaths, 1866- 1919 (Tavistock PLU 23) also survive, and records over 100 years old in these registers are open to public access and were indexed by Devon Family History Society in 2001. Because Poor Law Union inmates’ records are closed for 100 years from the date of creation, the indexes currently only include entries up to the end of 1901.


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