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Looking for address of Newington Workhouse on Westmoreland Road Camberwell.
04-05-2005, 10:16 AM
How about Westmorland Road, Camberwell? Camberwell is in Southwark, London.
But seriously, why do you need it? The workhouse will long since have closed, of course, and the records are now kept at the London Metropolitan Archives
There is now a hospital in Westmorland road, probably the successor to the workhouse, although looking at the map I suspect that it's not on exactly the same site.
You can find a little more information about it if you go to
and search for Newington under London, Surrey. This site lists the records that are still available.
20-06-2008, 10:53 PM
I know this was posted ages ago and hope that the OP might get to read the message. Newington Workhouse was at 182 Westmoreland Road, which is in South East London, SE17.
I have only just learned this today, having been put in contact with Alan, a distant cousin in Canada whom we never knew we had until recently! He discovered that his mother (my grandad's sister) was born at 182 Westmoreland Road and was curious as just 6 years earlier my Grandad had been born at number 91. Why did the family move just across the road, he wondered?
A bit of research told him that his Mum's birth address, at number 182 Westmoreland Road, was Newington Workhouse. Apparently it was common in late Victorian times to detail the house number of a workhouse on a birth or death certificate, to hide the shame of being there.
As it turns out, Alan's Mum was born there despite her family living just across the road because her own Mother was unmarried. Alan's Mum, Ethel, never spoke much of her family it seems, as she was hiding a secret - she had been brought up alongside her 22 year old Mother and aunts and uncles, by her grandparents, who gave everyone the impression that the child was their own and not the illigitimate child of their daughter.
How times have changed! The beggar of a question we have now is who on earth was ethel's father?!!
21-06-2008, 9:35 AM
Thank you Spangle. I'm trying to assemble a little list of workhouse euphemisms and that's another one for the list!
I have just discovered my father's birthplace was the above workhouse. Yes, how times have changed. I too am thinking who on earth was his father?
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