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Budgenor Lodge
Midhurst Union Workhouse
map ref:- 2A
Built 212 years ago as a workhouse
opened 10th October 1794 .....more
[1881 census of Easebourne workhouse residents]
[see also The Workhouse]

Surrounding Easebourne, 17 parishes, had already combined to share the burden of the poor & homeless (the Gilbert Union of 1792), the solution at the time seeming to be the dreaded, divisive, workhouse which separated men, women and children. The Easebourne workhouse (now Budgenor Lodge) became the local destination for the impoverished, the aged and incapacitated. It was 1929 before the workhouse system was finally reformed. (Fernhurst society)

In the latter part of the 1970s, the building, now named Budgenor Lodge, was used by West Sussex County Council providing temporary accommodation for homeless families from the area.
The Christ for the Nations organization took up residency in the building after it was closed as a 'homeless hostel'.
In 2006, the building was converted into apartments and houses.

photo - Peter Higginbotham
  Budgenor Lodge
  prior to
  After extensive
  modernisation and
  building works.
The Trees They Do Grow High
Folk song collected by Clive Carey from Stephen Spooner, at Midhurst Union workhouse, on September 11th and 13th, 1912.

16th January 1843
Table and rules regarding inmates food allowance at The Midhurst Union Workhouse.
This arrived as a photocopy, in very poor condition, of a notice issued by the Governors of the workhouse in 1843. The original had probably been pinned up at some time as the pin or nail holes were visible on the photocopy. Many hours were needed to make the copy clearly readable.
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Midhurst Union Workhouse c.1882 - enlarge
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Midhurst Union Workhouse c.1958 - enlarge


Building works 2007
at Budgenor Lodge
conversion into apartments.
photos above & left
Robin Webster
19 Feb 2007
Easebourne index - map ref- 2A



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