Historic Bromsgrove Union Workhouse converted into residential properties - The Bromsgrove Standard

Historic Bromsgrove Union Workhouse converted into residential properties

Bromsgrove Editorial 12th Jul, 2023   0

THE HISTORIC Grade II listed Bromsgrove Union Workhouse has been converted into ten new homes.

The two and three bed properties, located in Bartleet House on Bromsgrove Road, were officially opened by Bromsgrove District Council chairman, Coun Sam Ammar.

First built in 1838, The Bromsgrove Union Workhouse accommodated approximately 300 inmates and was built by architects J Bateman and G Drury, who has worked on a number of Midlands workhouses.

The workhouse, which began housing workers in 1839, required families looking for accommodation to be destitute and undergo scrutiny from the board of trustees.

In the workhouse, families would be separated with men, women and children all occupying different areas of the building. Men worked on crushing rocks for road construction and bones for farming fertiliser.

Later, in 1884, a large new infirmary was built on the grounds alongside a dispensary, nurses room, receiving room and linen store.

Additions to the site continued in the 1930s including a public assistance building and ward huts as part of the emergency medical scheme. The building eventually became All Saints Hospital and was later demolished in the 1990s following the granting of planning approval to demolish the hospital for residential housing. Only the entrance block was retained and converted into commercial offices.

In 2023, the workhouse and grounds were given planning and listed building consent for conversion and new build residential homes.

The conversion and new builds are now complete and on the market.

Bromsgrove District Council chairman, Coun Sam Ammar joined Richard Manning from RJM Contracting – who were responsible for the development of the new build properties – to mark the official opening of the converted Bromsgrove Union Workhouse.

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