The new union workhouse was erected in 1839-40 junction of Woolwich Road and Vanbrugh Hill.
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By May 1729, it had 70 inmates, including 26 children, all 'decently lodged, fed, cloathed, and taught.' In 1730, Deptford was divided into two parishes: St Nicholas (which included the old town) and St Paul.
In 1776, the St Nicholas workhouse was reported as being 78 feet long, 36 deep, two storeys high, and containing fifteen 'apartments' which housed up to 130 inmates who picked oakum for the Deptford shipyard.
THAT there be kept four Books (viz.) A Day-Book, a Weekly-Book, and a Monthly-Book, to enter Provisions received in the House, and a Book to enter all Tradesmen's Bills, and Extraordinaries paid by the Overseers, to be brought to Account Monthly. THE Monthly Book is kept in the same Method as the Weekly.
THAT such Orders be set up in the House as shall be appointed by his Majesty's Justices of the Peace, the Gentlemen of the Committee, Church-Wardens, and Overseers of the Poor, for the better Regulation of the House. AN Apothecary attends the Sick with proper Medicines at 15l. A School-Mistress belonging to the House teaches the Children to read. The 1732 edition of the Account also recorded that a workhouse was erected in Deptford in 1726.
THAT no Money be allowed by the Overseers to be paid to any Person, but by Order of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace, and the Gentlemen of the Committee then sitting, on a Day appointed Weekly for the Relief of the Poor.
THAT no Person be admitted into the House, but on the Committee-day, except on some extraordinary Occasion.
THAT a Vestry be holden in the Parish-Church the first Sunday in the Month, by the Gentlemen aforesaid, and as many of the Parishioners as please to attend, to inspect the Overseers Accounts for the Month past ; and likewise examine the Houshold Expence of Provisions received by the Master, and that a Voucher do appear for each Article then delivered.
THAT there be a Minute-Book kept, to enter all such Matters as shall happen in and out of the House, in order to be laid before the Committee at the next Meeting.
The three-storey main block was based on a central corridor plan.
Greenwich is one of the earliest examples of this type of design which became extremely popular — around 150 corridor plan workhouses were built between 18.
Greenwich Woolwich Road workhouse from south-west, 1844.