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    I have a death Certificate for a Richard Whitelock, Mariner, dated 1849, it says he died at Stow Hill and the Informant present at death was Catherine Jones. My question is what was Stow Hill? I think it may have been a workhouse/hospital and if so who would have been Catherine Jones and are there any records held about inmates at that time. Thanking you in anticipation.

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    RoyW - I've moved your thread to the Monmouthshire forum before the two mods who live in Wales spot your error and have a severe case of apoplexy.

    The workhouse in Newport was on Snow Hill. Details of surviving records and where they're held are at the bottom of this page. http://www.
    workhouses.org.uk/Newport/

    Have you searched for Catherine in the 1851 census to see if she's a staff member in the workhouse?

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    Thank you for sorting out my error

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    The 1851 Census reference is HO107 Piece 2452 Folio 295 Page 2 if you want to check for a Catherine Jones.

    Another institution on Stow Hill at that time was the Police House of Refuge. Looking at the 1851 Census, (ref HO107 2542 410 17), it includes 2 "seamen" among the inmates. However, I think any stay may have been short lived - possibly overnight only.

    J M Scott's "The Ancient and Modern History of Newport, Monmouthshire", published 1847 paints quite a pleasant picture of the Union House (a google books searchable edition is available on line)
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    FindMyPast has the burial record (image) of-

    Richard Whitelock, abode - The Hospital, when buried - Nov 16th (1849), age 46, Church - St Woolos
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    That burial date does fit the death certificate. It does appear that the Richard who’s death recorded in Newport is the Richard from Whitehaven/Liverpool are one of the same. What should tie it all together is if there is a seaman’s number attached to the Newport death.
    Thank you for the information so far as it opens new channels to follow. Roy

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    The buildings for The workhouse are still in use as a hospital - I was in the X-Ray department recently. There could be records in the Gwent Archives in Ebbw Vale. Might be worth looking them up. They do have a website now.
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