The 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act established nine poor-law unions in Cheshire, each with its own workhouse. With Cheshire Workhouse Records, Admissions and Discharges you can search 52,000 names for your ancestors.

Workhouses were there for the able to work but unemployed and their relatives, the incompetent poor, the elderly, sick people, orphaned young people, single mothers, and the mentally ill. Some people only stayed in the workhouses when employment was available, while others spent their entire lives in the same workhouse.