Newington Workhouse

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Template:Coord Newington Workhouse was a workhouse—an institution for indoor relief of the poor— at 182 Westmoreland Road (now Beaconsfield Road), Southwark, London.


The workhouse was built in 1850 in the hamlet of Walworth to replace an older workhouse belonging to the parish of St Mary Newington. The site was taken over in 1868 by the St Saviour Poor Law Union and became an infirmary.

The Local Government Act 1929 abolished the workhouse system, and in 1930 Newington Workhouse became the Newington Lodge Public Assistance Institution, until the Poor Laws were repealed in 1948. It then continued to be used as social housing by London County Council Welfare Department. In 1961 it held "266 women and children from 72 fragmented families". The building was demolished in 1969 and replaced by a housing estate.

The records of the institution are now held in the London Metropolitan Archives.

Cultural significance

The comic actor Charlie Chaplin spent a short time in Newington Workhouse in 1896.

The 1966 television play Cathy Come Home depicted the living conditions in Newington Lodge.