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place:- Keswick Workhouse ?
locality:- Keswick
parish Keswick parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
workhouse
coordinates:- NY26562352
10Km square:- NY22

1Km square NY2623

photograph

workhouse, Keswick -- Keswick -- Keswick -- Cumbria / -- Plaque on the site of the workhouse. -- 'THIS BUILDING STANDS ON THE SITE OF THE 'WORKHOUSE' FOUNDED BY SIR JOHN BANKES WHO WAS BORN IN THIS TOWN IN 1589, BECAME LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE COMMON PLEA, AND DIED AT OXFORD IN 1644, HIS LOVE FOR HIS NATIVE PLACE AND HIS WISE AND GENEROUS SYMPATHY FOR THE POOR AND NEEDY, ARE SHEWN BY THE ENDOWMENT, WHICH HAPPILY STILL ENDURES, AND IS KNOWN AS 'SIR JOHN BANKES' CHARITY.'' -- 8.2.2008

old text:- Clarke 1787

Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787 and 1789; and Plans of the Lakes ... 1793.
Page 101:-
The poor's house is a very commodious and substantial building, founded by Sir John Banks, whom we mentioned in speaking of Borrowdale; he expended large sums of money upon it, and the poor to this day feel the good effects of his generosity. It is capable of lodging a much greater number of paupers than the parish contains: behind it is a large garden, cultivated by the poor, who in return are supplied with vegetables from it, besides the wholesome air and exercise they there enjoy. The ground, however, is more than sufficient for these purposes, and a large quantity of vegetables are every year sold out of it, and the money applied towards the maintainance of the house. The timber of this building is prodigiously massy and strong; some say it came, together with some very large chests, from the Lord's Island; others, from the Dutch Huts. I cannot, however, agree to either of these opinions, and imagine that it rather came from Monk's Hall. I cannot help remarking, that though the poor's house was built within the memory of the grandfathers of some persons now living, there is no tradition relating to these beams; nor is there any date or letter upon the chest, or any part of the building, that can give light in this affair.

placename:- Poor's House
person:- : Banks, John, Sir
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

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