Find your ancestors in Cheshire Workhouse Records, Religious Creeds

The 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act established nine poor-law unions in Cheshire, each with its own workhouse. With Cheshire Workhouse Records, Religious Creeds you can search for your ancestors in around 13,000 individual records.

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.

The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1868 established that workhouse authorities should record in Creed Books each inmate's religious affiliation as a way of ensuring that each person's religious instruction could be met and adhered to.