London Workhouse Admission and Discharge Records, 1659-1930

Many of our ancestors received help through Poor Laws. These included the elderly, orphaned, unemployed and sick. It wasn’t just money they were given – they also received other daily necessities such as food, clothing and work. Children from poor families were placed in apprenticeships, or sent to particular schools and other institutions.

What’s Included in This Database:

This collection includes selected admission and discharge records for workhouses created and administered under the Poor Law Acts in London.

The exact information you can find about your ancestors varies according to the record.

You may find:

  • The person’s name
  • Date of admission
  • Age
  • Date of discharge
  • Other details regarding the person’s condition and care

Details of additional family members who resided in the workhouse may also be included.