Monument record MTN 033 - Melton House of Industry; St Audry's Hospital

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Loes & Wilford Incorporated Hundred Workhouse erected in 1765, for background information see (S1). Listed Building.


Grid reference Centred TM 284 518 (621m by 630m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM25SE


Type and Period (6)

Full Description

Loes & Wilford Incorporated Hundred Workhouse erected in 1765, for background information see (S1). The site is shown on the OS map (S2). The cost of construction is described by Shaw (S3). The House of Industry was built in 1765 of red brick on an `E' plan, often holding upwards of 250 inmates. It was disincorporated in 1821 and purchased by the County in 1827. In 1829 it was opened to pauper lunatics. There were 156 inmates in 1831. In 1900 more land was purchased and in 1911 there were 943 inmates. Full closure of the site took place in 1993 (S6). There was an Isolation Hospital detached from the main complex at TM 2874 5184 and two associated burial grounds, one associated with the Church, the other is separate and to the south (site MTN 011). Further information is in the planning brief for St Audry's Hospital Melton, which shows the listed building.
1997: Evaluation and documentary search of area surrounding building failed to locate any pre C19 archaeology. Details in (S5).

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: copy (S2).
  • <S1> (No record type): Dymond D & Martin E (eds), An Historical Atlas of Suffolk, 1988, 96-97.
  • <S2> Map: OS. OS Map. OS, 1:2500 map, sheet no LXVII.12, 1927.
  • <S3> (No record type): Shaw John, `The Finance and Construction of the East Anglian Houses of Industry', PSIA, vol 37, pt 2.
  • <S4> (No record type): Goult W, A Survey of Suffolk Parish History: E Suffolk, SCC, 1990.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Various. SAU, Abbot C, SCCAS Report, 97/30, 1997, ill.
  • <S6> Web Page: 2014.

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May 13 2016 3:23PM

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