IWCRO House of Industry Records Transcription - The Project

The transcriptions made so far are available on a searchable database to IWFHS members on the website.

Transcription of Isle of Wight Union workhouse minutes and out-relief payments

Volunteer IWFHS members: John Ash, Antony Barton, Don Hayward, Dave & Mary Hunnybun, Mary Jones, Keith Lacey, Derek Osbourn, Pat Phillips, Hazel Pullen, Mary Seymour, John Sole, Rosemary Stewart and Cynthia Truckell.

After consulting with Richard SMOUT (Isle of Wight Heritage Service Manager) in late 2014, it was decided to transcribe the "Isle of Wight Guardians of Poor Weekly Minutes & Out- Relief Books" and "IW Union List of Paupers" held at the County Record Office in Newport. This will be a mammoth task as the Minute Books start in 1778 and go on to the 1930's.

The Minute Books include records of admittances to, and discharges from, the House of Industry and general 'housekeeping' comments; the earlier books also include weekly records of payments of Out-Relief paid to named individuals in the island parishes. Examples of early entries are:

"That Richard Lale of Calbourn a poor boy in the House be put apprentice to Tanner Johnson of St Cross for 4 years"
"7 April 1792 Jns. CASS W.L.I. Arreton 7s 6d" (i.e. 'Wife's Lying-In')
"... the Pork which is not sent in according to the Contract: Ordered to be returned ..."
Some of the types of payments made were to :

Apprentices, e.g. cordwainer
Service (i.e. domestic service)
Funeral expenses - which could be used to identify deaths
Wife's Lying In - this is also abbreviated in may different ways, e.g. W.L.I., Wife's L.I. and could be used to identify births

These types of payments can be found using the Keyword search on the search screen, but several different variations may need to be tried to get all entries relating to such events.

Note also that the abbreviation 'Dr.' is frequently used to mean 'Daughter', and should not be confused with 'Doctor'.

Minutes relate to admissions ( ... admitted ... ), discharges ( ... discharged ... ) and also illnesses, both physical e.g. 'bad leg', and mental e.g. 'insane'.


At the present time, the Volumes currently being transcribed are :

Transcriber(s) Volume (CRO Ref) Date from Date to Transcribed to
Don Hayward & Rosemary Stewart Z/HO/1 3 Jan 1778 10 Apr 1784 10 Apr 1784 Note that several pages have been removed from this volume, for July / August 1780
Volume complete
Mary Seymour Z/HO/2 17 Apr 1784 24 Mar 1787 17 Feb 1787
John Ash Z/HO/3 31 Mar 1787 24 Mar 1792 5 Jul 1788
Cynthia Truckell Z/HO/4 31 Mar 1792 25 Mar 1797 15 Dec 1792
Don Hayward & Rosemary Stewart Z/HO/4 31 Mar 1792 25 Mar 1797 25 Mar 1797 Volume complete
Pat Phillips & Hazel Pullen Z/HO/5 1 Apr 1797 20 Jun 1801 13 Sep 1800
Dave & Mary Hunnybun Z/HO/6 27 Jun 1801 28 Sep 1805 28 Sep 1805 Volume complete
Derek Osbourn Z/HO/7 5 Oct 1805 22 Dec 1810 22 Sep 1810
John Sole (& the late Keith Lacey) Z/HO/8 29 Dec 1810 Apr 1814 13 Jun 1812
Wendi Hall Z/HO/9 23 Apr 1814 Oct 1816 21 May 1814
Cynthia Sirkett (& Carrie Hurd, later with Sandra Galletis) Z/HO/9 23 Apr 1814 Oct 1816 15 Apr 1815
Dave & Mary Hunnybun Z/HO/10 2 Nov 1816 Oct 1817 14 Dec 1816
Don Hayward & Rosemary Stewart Z/HO/11 * 27 Dec 1817 Mar 1819 27 Jun 1818

* This volume contains weeks where in excess of 400, and sometimes 700, payments were made by the Committee, and in many cases the identity of the recipients is not clear. These individual payments have not been transcribed. It is not not known under what circumstances such a great increase in relief payments was necessitated.

The Lists of Paupers cover a shorter period beginning in 1867, and ending in 1882, and give quarterly (or half yearly) summaries of payments paid to named individuals living in the community. As well as the name of the individuals, they also record where they lived and why they were entitled to payment. These lists cover part of the period when Out Relief was not recorded in the Minute Books. An example of these entries is:

"District: Newport Parish: Carisbrooke 6 months to 27 March 1867 Jane STRAWN - aged 34 - Chapel Street - Deserted by husband - £5 6s 2d "

Volunteers transcribing these records are : Antony Barton, Shani Watts

This set of records has now been fully transcribed, although the periods covered do not include all years within the range 1867 - 1882.

Antony Barton, 18th December 2014 [progress updated to 11th June 2018]