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Archives about Leek's Workhouse have been made available by Staffordshire County Council

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

The Baptism record for Mary Elizabeth Bradley who was born in Leek Union Workhouse in 1881.

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The history of Leek Workhouse and who was born there has been digitally archived and is available to members of the public.

Millions of new Staffordshire baptism, marriage and burial records have been published online, revealing more than 360 years of history.

UK family history website findmypast.co.uk has published online for the first time more than 2.8 million parish records in partnership with Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service.

Spanning 1538 to 1900, the parish records mark the start of a project to create the Staffordshire Collection on Findmypast – a source which on completion is set to comprise around six million fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of handwritten parish records.

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The collection covers all Staffordshire Anglican parish registers up to 1900 deposited with the county Archive Service, and includes more than 3,400 registers recording the baptisms, marriages and burials carried out in the ancient county.

One example focusing on Leek are records of people who were born in the Leek Workhouse, which was located in Brook Street – then called Workhouse Street – and then later in Ashbourne Road.

Mary Elizabeth Bradley was born in Leek Union Workhouse in 1881. The 1881 census lists her as an inmate at two months old, along with her mother, Hannah Bradley, a 28-year-old farm servant from Warslow. There is no father listed.

The register also contains the baptism of a Maud Sims, born in the workhouse to Sarah Sims.

Another is Enoch Pickford, born to Pamela and James Pickford, a former Carter and his wife.

According to the census Leek Workhouse housed 141 inmates and six official staff.

Mike Lawrence, Cabinet member for Community at Staffordshire County Council said: "We are very proud of our heritage here in Staffordshire and this is the start of an exciting partnership with Findmypast to bring six million names online for people to search through.

"The project will give family historians from across the world an opportunity to delve into our rich past and learn more about our great county.

"We also want to encourage more people from the county to explore their own family history, and access to the Staffordshire Parish Registers on Findmypast will be free in Archive Service offices and libraries across Staffordshire."

Debra Chatfield, family historian at findmypast.co.uk, said: "These really are fascinating parish records, full of colourful insights, and you might even be able to get your family tree as far back as 1538, when Henry VIII was on the throne."

View the records on http://100in100.findmypast.co.uk

Further information on Leek workhouse can be found at www.workhouses.org.uk/Leek

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