Workhouse

We are grateful to Peter Higginbotham for his workhouses research for permission to reproduce the following information concerning people born in Henham, Essex who were later recorded as inmates of workhouses

1881 Census: Residents of West Ham Union & School, Leyton, Essex
James FULLER Widow aged 57 male, occupation, Agricultural labourer born Henham, Essex

1881 Census: Residents of Union Workhouse, Bishop Stortford, Hertford

SurnameForenameMarital Status AgeSex OccupationBirth Place
ANSELLMary   U24FInmateDom. Servant Henham, Essex
BROOKS Charles56InmateFarm Labourer Henham, Essex
FROST  Alfred14  MInmateScholarHenham, Essex
MANSFIELD Ann66InmateField Work Henham, Essex
MANSFIELDJohn M76 InmateFarm Labourer Henham, Essex
RICKETT Allen U30 InmateFarm Labourer Henham, Essex
RICKETT James U76 MInmateFarm Labourer Henham, Essex
SAGE Henry 81 InmateFarm Labourer Henham, Essex
Files found in the Public Records Office at Kew concerning poverty in Henham.
C 2/JasI/S28/59 Short title: Sechford v Towse. ...Charles I. James I. S plaintiffs: originally 39 bundles. Plaintiffs: Sir Thomas Sechford and Ann Sechford his wife (guardians of Robert Kirby an infant). Defendants: William Towse, William
Parsley and Clement Bucke. Subject: messuage in Henham. Date range:1603 - 1625 Reference: Subjects: Litigation / Poverty / Children
MAF 32/843/347 Parish No. 347 Parish: Henham, Ministry of Food: National Farm Survey, Individual Farm Records. Records created or inherited by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Departments, and related bodies
Date range:1941 – 1943 Reference: Subjects: Food and drink | Farming
MH 12/4536/101 Folios 219-220. Letter from G Canning, Dean of Old Mead, Henham, Essex to the Poor Law Commission. He writes on behalf of the ratepayers of the Henham parish who, at a public vestry meeting that day, agreed to seek the Poor Law Commission's permission to sell some tenements ... Date range: 30 October 1835 Subjects: Poverty | Manors | Local Government
MH 12/4536/121  Folios 264-267. Letter from John Dobede Taylor, Clerk to the Guardians of Bishops Stortford ...
...No. 1 from the four options submitted. They request that four ounces of bread daily, half a pound of potatoes, and meat days may be added. Also encloses a request from the Board of Guardians seeking permission to sell the Henham ...
Date range:20 December 1835 Subjects:Poverty
MH 12/4536/126 Folios 279-283. A letter with three enclosures from John Dobede Taylor, Clerk to the Guardians of Bishops Stortford Poor Law Union, to the Poor Law Commission concerning: the sale of parish property; building a Union workhouse; and appointing an accountant. Enclosure 1. The Henham ... Date range:06 February 1836 Subjects:Poverty | Local Government | Migration | Maps and plans
MH 12/4536/174 Folios 395-402. Letter from John Dobede Taylor, Clerk to the Guardians of the Bishops Stortford Poor Law Union, to the Poor Law Commission, with two enclosures, relating to property. Enclosure 1: Great Hallingbury [not included]. Enclosure 2: Sale of property in the parish of Henham. ... Date range: 02 July 1836 Reference:  Subjects:Poverty
MH 12/4536/255 Folios 586-590. Letter from John Dobede Taylor, Clerk to the Guardians of the Bishops ...
...union workhouse. The documents were submitted late because of the requirement that they be signed by the conveyancing parties before submission to the Poor Law Commission. The letter also refers to a draft of conveyancing papers of some cottages in Henham. ... Date range:22 March 1837 Reference: Subjects: Poverty
MH 12/4536/264 Folios 604-615. Letter from John Dobede Taylor, Clerk to the Guardians of the Bishops ...the draft conveyance of land, and requesting the return of the draft conveyance of land purchased as the site of the workhouse and sold to Mr Speller. Taylor also requests the return of the draft conveyance of parish property in Henham. Date range:14 April 1837 Subjects:Poverty
MH 12/4537/151 Folio 253. Letter from John D Taylor [John Dobede Taylor], Clerk to the Guardians of the Bishops Stortford Poor Law Union, to Edwin Chadwick, Secretary to the Poor Law Commission regarding the conveyance of Henham ... ...Law Unions. Bishops Stortford 167. Date range:26 December 1839   Subjects:Poverty
MH 12/4537/188 Folio 315. Letter from John Johnstone and William M Ley of Bishops Stortford, to the Poor Law Commission, regarding Henham ... Date range:01 July 1840 Subjects:Poverty
MH 12/4537/189 Folio 316. Draft letter from the Poor Law Commission to John Johnstone, Bishops Stortford, acknowledging receipt of his letter of 1 July 1840, regarding the sale of parish property and advising that they are not aware of approving any conveyance of Henham ... Date range:08 July 1840 Subjects: Poverty
MH 12/4537/190 Folio 317. Letter from John Johnstone and William M Ley of Bishops Stortford, to the Poor Law Commission, regarding the sale of Henham ... ...predecessors: Correspondence with Poor Law Unions and Other Local Authorities. Hertfordshire Poor Law Unions. Bishops Stortford 167. Folio 317. Date range:09 July 1840; Subjects: Poverty | Local Government
MH 12/4537/191 Folio 318. Draft letter from the Poor Law Commission to John Johnston, Bishops Stortford, regarding the conveyance of parish property and acknowledging receipt of his letters of 9 July and 3 August 1840 regarding the conveyance of the property formerly belonging to the parish of Henham. ... Date range:27 August 1840 Subjects: Poverty
MH 12/4538/134 Folios 174-176. Letter from John D Taylor [John Dobede Taylor], Clerk the Guardians of ...
...Packman £25. Braughing, Mr Packman £30. Furneux Pelham, Mr Packman £19. Little Hadham, Mr Reilly £25. Great Hadham, Mr Moore £35. Thorley, Mr Cribb £12. Bishop's Stortford, Mr Cribb, Mr R.J. Scarr, Mr Reilly, £100. Stansted, Mr Samuel Welch £35. Henham, ... Date range:21 June 1844 Subjects: Poverty | Medicine | Pay and pensions | Census
MH 12/4538/310 Folio 434. Draft letter from the Poor Law Commission to John Dobede Taylor, Clerk ... ...Bishop's Stortford Poor Law Union, regarding the proposed payment of a gratuity of five guineas to Mr Thomas Spurgin, Medical Officer in the Saffron Walden Union, for his attendance on Ann Gardener, a poor woman belonging to the parish of Henham. ... Date range: 10 December 1845 Subjects: Poverty | Local Government | Medicine
MH 12/4538/317 Folio 443. Letter from Edwin Chadwick, Secretary to the Poor Law Commission, to John ...
...Guardians of the Bishop's Stortford Poor Law Union, approving the payment of a gratuity of two guineas to Thomas Spurgin, Medical Officer in the Saffron Walden Poor Law Union, for his attendance on Ann Gardener, a poor woman belonging to Henham ... Date range:26 December 1845 Subjects: Poverty | Medicine
MH 12/4538/328 Folios 467-468. Letter from John Dobede Taylor, Solicitor, Clerk to the Guardians of the ...
...David Glasscock, farmer of Chequer's Inn, Bishop's Stortford. For the parish of Great Hallingbury, William Whitehead, yeoman of Beldam's Farm, Great Hallingbury. For the parish of Little Hallingbury, John Brown, farmer of Hall Farm, Little Hallingbury. For the parish of Henham, ... Date range:11 April 1846 Subjects: Poverty
MH 12/4538/343 Folios 488-491. Letter from John Dobede Taylor, Solicitor, Clerk to the Guardians of the ...
...and Little Hallingbury except Woodside Green, John Brickwell of Sawbridgeworth at a salary of £68 per year. District 8, comprising of Great Hadham, Francis Moore of Great Hadham at a salary of £35 per year. District 9, comprising of Elsenham, Henham ... Date range:1846 Subjects: Pay and pensions | Poverty | Local Government
MH 12/4539/27 Folios 48-49. Letter from George Welch, Medical Officer to Henham and Elsenham parishes [Essex] ...
... to the Poor Law Commission concerning the case of Susan Wilkinson. He disputes the conclusions made by the guardians [Bishops Stortford Poor Law Union], and requests a copy of the first letter sent by ... Date range: 14 March 1847 Subjects: Poverty | Medicine | Local Government
MH 12/4539/158 Folios 269-270. Letter from Robert Green, former relieving officer for the Stansted district, Bishops ...
...district, Bishops Stortford Poor Law Union, to the Poor Law Commission, responding to their letter regarding his suspension from duty on account of having neglected to pay the appropriate weekly allowances to the paupers living in the parishes of Elsenham, Henham ... Date range:29 November 1847 Subjects:Banking | Poverty
MH 12/4539/209 Folios 367-368. Letter from John D Taylor [John Dobede Taylor], Clerk to the Guardians of the Bishops Stortford Poor Law Union, to the Poor Law Board informing them of the resignation of George Welch as medical officer for Stansted Mountfitchet and Henham; Date range: 14 February 1848   Subjects: Poverty | Medicine
MH 12/4539/214 Folios 373-376. Letter from John D Taylor [John Taylor], Clerk to the Guardians .. Charles Nash, 28, Little Hallingbury. William Prior, 53, Little Hallingbury. Jesse Halls, 23, Little Hallingbury. George Eldred, 42, Little Hallingbury. Sarah Matthews, 49, Little Hallingbury. Eliza Bush, 39, Manuden. Mary Edwards, 24, Manuden. Mary Watts, 52, Manuden. Isaac Perry, 31, Henham. ... Date range:28 February 1848 Subjects: Poverty | Mental illness
MH 12/4540/32 Folio 56. Form from Henham parish noting that 30 people were rated for the relief of the poor for 1850 at the annual value of £10 and over and under £50. Signed by John Stallibrass and [Mr Houghton], Overseers. Paper Number: 15884/1850. Date range:15 April 1850 Subjects: Poverty
MH 12/4540/130 Folios 203-204. Letter from John D Taylor, Clerk to the Guardians of Bishop's Stortford ... ...Coe. The guardians request the usual order be issued. Enclosed: Extract from the minutes of the meeting of the board of guardians of the Bishop's Stortford Poor Law Union, held on 22 January 1851. Neville, belonging to the parish of Henham, ... Date range: 25 January 1851 Subjects: Poverty | Australia and Pacific | Migration
MH 12/4540/132 Folios 207-208. Letter from John D Taylor, Clerk to the Guardians of Bishop's Stortford ...
...the usual order be issued. Enclosed: extract from the minutes of the meeting of the board of guardians of the Bishop's Stortford Poor Law Union, held on 5 February 1851. Mansfield, his wife and child, belonging to the parish of Henham, ..
Date range: 06 February 1851 Subjects: Poverty | Australia and Pacific | Local Government | Migration
MH 12/4540/181  Folios 279-280. Letter from John D Taylor [John Dobede Taylor], Clerk to the Guardians ...
...(part of Little Hallingbury, Thorley, Birchanger; R S Scarr, Bishops Stortford. Great Hadham, Little Hadham; Francis Moone, Hadham. Sawbridgeworth, Little Hallingbury; John Brickwell, Sawbridgeworth. Berdon, Brent Pelham, Stocking Pelham; S C Hawkes, Berden. Stansted, Elsenham, Manewden; Samuel Welsh, Stansted. Ugley, Henham; ...
Date range:09 June 1851; Subjects: Poverty | Medicine | Pay and pensions
MH 12/4540/225 Folio 339. A form headed 'Vaccination Extension Act' for the Bishops Stortford Poor Law ...
...each parish during the year: John Packman, for Albury District. Renforth Thomas Scarr, for Stortford District. Francis Moore, for Hadham District. John Brickwell, for Sawbridgeworth District. Stephen C Hawkes, for Berden District. Samuel Welch, for Stansted District. Henry Brook, for Henham ... Date range:07 November 1851 Subjects: Poverty | Religions
MH 12/4540/232 Folios 359-361. Letter from W G Lumley [William Golden Lumley], Assistant Secretary to the Poor Law Unions and Other Local Authorities. Hertfordshire Poor Law Unions. Bishops Stortford 167.
Folios 359-361. Letter from W G Lumley [William Golden Lumley], Assistant Secretary to the Poor Law Board, to the wardens and overseers of the parish of Henham ... Date range:18 November 1851 Subjects: Poverty
MH 12/4540/235 Folio 366. Form 'A List and Description': listing the details of persons in the ... Henham, in the Bishops Stortford Poor Law Union, who were assisted by the guardians to emigrate during the year ended 31 December 1851 as follows: Henry Mansfield and his wife Emma Mansfield, who emigrated to Sydney on board the ... Date range:11 December 1851 Subjects: Poverty
MH 12/4540/247 Folios 388-390. Letter from John Dobede Taylor, Clerk to the Guardians of the Bishops ...
...of Little Hallingbury. Residing in the workhouse. Charles Burrell aged 19, from the parish of Little Hallingbury. Residing in a licensed house F G Aubin & Co, Camberwell since 10 May 1851. Joseph White aged 24, from the parish of Henham. .. Date range:31 January 1852 Reference: Subjects: Poverty | Mental illness | Disability | Local Government
MH 12/4540/282 Folio 432. Letter from John D Taylor [John Dobede Taylor], Clerk to the Guardians of the Bishops Stortford Poor Law Union, to the Poor Law Board. He requests an order for the sale of property at Henham. ...
Date range:07 May 1852 Reference: Subjects: Poverty | Local Government