Built in 1838 as the Leek Union Workhouse, it was intended to house 300 inmates and was designed by J. Bateman & G. Drury. Additional buildings were added to the site in 1871 (Fever ward) and then in 1896 (The Infirmary).
In 1904, the workhouse adopted the fictional address of 251 Ashbourne Road at the suggestion of the local Registrar so those born in the workhouse didn’t have the stigma of where they were born later in life. The house numbers on that side of Ashbourne Road still don’t run in order as the property is still listed as number 251.
The Workhouse closed sometime between 1920 & 1930 (I will change this when I find an exact date).
It’s now a small NHS hospital that specialises in Dementia and Geriatric care but also provides a number of outpatient services for the town.
English Heritage granted a Grade II listing on 7 June 1972.
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens
Exposure 30 secs, Aperture f/9.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 18mm