Bakewell Poor Law Union formally came into existence on 31st July 1838.
Land at Newholme on the Bakewell to Sheffield Turnpike was purchased for £415 from the Earl of Carlisle. This was supplemented by a gift of land from the Duke of Rutland.
Plans for the new building, which was to accommodate 200 inmates, were inspected from a number of architects including the well-know partnership of Scott and Moffatt. However, the design finally accepted
THe new building designed by Mr Johnson of Sheffield was built to accomodate 200 residents and a tender of £5,340 was accepted from the firm of Moses Hall and John White of Tean, near Cheadle. Bricks for the building were made locally from cast clay. A water supply for the workhouse was provided by the digging of a large pond which could hold 120,000 gallons of spring water. The building was completed early in 1841
The government took over responsibility for workhouses in 1948. The old Bakewell workhouse is now Newholme Hospital.
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