Webpage created: January 19, 2020
Webpage updated: January 19, 2020
GOVERNOR AND GUARDIANS OF THE POOR IN THE TOWN OF PLYMOUTH
The Governor and the Guardians of the Poor in the Town of Plymouth was incorporated by the Plymouth Workhouse Act of 1707: 'An Act for erecting a Workhouse in the Town and Borough of Plymouth, in the County of Devon, and for setting the Poor on work, and maintaining them there'.
Mr Robert Brindley, architect and surveyor of Devonport, records in his "Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Directory, 1830" that in that year the list of Officers was:
The Court of Guardians consisted of fifty-two members, of whom the Mayor, Recorder (ex officio), six Aldermen and six Common Councilmen were elected annually on May 2nd by the Corporation of the Borough; twenty inhabitant householders were returned yearly from the Parish of Saint Andrew and eighteen from the Parish of Charles.
In 1830 the general Court met at 6pm on every third Wednesday of the month.