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In an age when poor people could not retire and there was no state pension, illness and disability could mean homelessness and starvation. The almshouses were a haven; successful petitioners could be guaranteed a roof over their heads, money to live on, clothing and companionship for the rest of their lives. The pensioners had a level of personal freedom and independence that inmates of workhouses and poorhouses seldom enjoyed. 

Pensioners had to be over sixty years of age, single or widowed and to have been resident in Cleveland for at least three years. Residents of the parish of Guisborough were given priority, and pensioners were selected according to their need.

The following alphabetical list of pensioners has been collated from the Hospital Minutes Books, Accounts ledgers and correspondence. Some names may be missing and in some cases, we cannot be specific as to when a Pensioner entered the Almshouses or when they died. The ‘year of admittance’ is therefore the earliest date when the individual was known to be in the Almshouses but the actual date of admittance could be earlier.

If you would like to know more about an entry listed here, please contact us on ppc.museum@pursglove.ac.uk

 

First name

Surname

Age on admittance if known

Year of Admittance

Comments

George

Allan

73

1858

Born in Guisborough and formerly a Shoemaker. Died on 26 January 1872

 

Allanbie

 

1622

 

Edw.

Baines

 

1561

 

Samuel

Barry

 

1748

 

John

Barry

 

1750

 

William

Bellwood

78

1839

Died on 24 March 1847

William

Bolton

93

1840

Died on 24 December 1846

James

Bolton

79

1870

Former Labourer.

Catherine

Bulmer

78

1839

Died on or about 9 May 1848

 

Bye

 

1645

Referred to as Widow Bye.

William

Calvert

 

1836

Died on 19 March 1837

 

Carleton

 

1597

Known as Widow Carleton

John

Chapman

73

1840

Former Agricultural Labourer born in Boulby. Died on or about 18 October 1851

Alice

Charlton

 

1839

Died on 14 November 1839

Rachel

Cheeseman

78

1846

Died on or about 24 February 1852

Mathay

Clarke

 

1597

 

Bell

Clement

 

1625

 

Sarah

Cole

69

1856

Born in Whitby. Died circa 23 March 1871.

Joseph

Cooper

 

1842

Left Almshouses 3 October 1843

Mary

Cox

 

1842

Died on 14 November 1846

Maurice

Dale

 

1871

 

Mary

Dale

 

1872

 

Hannah

Denny

 

1837

Died on 15 November 1838

Sarah

Dickenson

75

1880

Born at Cargo Fleet

Mary/May

Dickinson

78

1839

 

Thomas

Dunne

 

1639

 

Mary

Earle

85

1860

Born in Guisborough, formerly a Charwoman or Washerwoman. Died on 12 March 1872

Jane

Easton

 

1847

Died on 14 January 1848

Ann

Eston

 

1838

 

William

Farndale

 

1861

Died on or about 27 October 1863

William

Firbank

 

1873

 

John

Flintoft

 

1748

 

William

Forster

 

1864

Died on or about 13 April 1870

Mary

Gisburn

 

1748

 

Robert

Grange

 

1778

 

Elizabeth

Gummerill

 

1778

 

Jacob

Handisides

67

1880

Born at Tocketts

Jane

Handsell

 

1778

 

Ann

Heavisides

62

1847

Born in Broughton. Died on or about 14 March 1854. Name may be Handyside

Dorothy

Harrison

 

1838

Died on 16 June 1839

Jane

Haswell

 

1838

Died on or about 3 September 1839

Thomas

Haswell

 

1841

Born in Guisborough, former Agricultural Labourer. Died on or about 4 July 1862

Mary

Havelock

70

1863

 

John

Hines

 

1750

 

Thomas

Hodgson

63

1860

Born in Guisborough, formerly a Tailor. Died on or about 13 October 1864

James

Hornby

 

1853

Died on or about 6 March 1855

Christopher

Hurde

 

1578

 

William

Husband

 

1778

 

Jane

Huton

 

1618

 

Jane

Ingledew

72

1867

Born in Skelton, former Farm Servant.

Joannah

Jones

 

1750

 

Marjery

Jowsey

 

1656

 

Thomas

King

 

1778

 

Robert

Knaggs

64

1853

Name may be Staggs. Born in Guisborough, former Agricultural Labourer. Died 5 May 1861.

Robert

Lancaster

 

1561

 

Mary

Langley

57

1848

Name may be Langdale. Born in Hutton Rudby. Died 10 August 1851.

Ellen

Lawrence

55

1850

Born in Worsall. Originally Nurse until she gave up her post to Martha Page.

John

Lennard

68

1880

Born in Sandsend

John

Linas

 

1788

Died on 20 January 1789

Henry

Lincoln

 

1750

 

Betty

Lincoln

 

1835

Died on or about 1 September 1836

Thomas

Lincoln

 

1840

Died on or about 19 March 1841

Dorothy

Longhorn

 

1750

 

William

Lyle

 

1685

 

Robert

Marley

 

1836

Died on 16 February 1837

Elizabeth

Maskell

77

1848

Born in Guisborough. Known as Betty.

Peter

Mason

 

1837

Died on or about 5 December 1837

Richard

Mease

 

1748

 

Ann

Mease

 

1778

 

Christopher

Metcalfe

51

1872

Born in Danby Wiske

Mary

Miller

79

1840

Died about September 1843.

John

Minikin

67

1847

Born in Guisborough, former Weaver. Died on or about 26 August 1852.

Annie

Minikin

70

1864

Born in Maltby and a former Farm Servant.

Jemima

Ord

69

1848

Born in Guisborough. Died on or about 5 February 1856.

Martha

Page

54

1863

Born in Hutton Rudby. Appointed Nurse in place of Ellen Lawrence.

Thomas

Pattison

 

1863

Died on 9 May 1868

Mary

Patton

 

1778

 

Robert

Patton

 

1778

 

William

Pearson

71

1837

Died on or about 22 August 1841

William

Pearson

51

1872

Born in Guisborough

Mary

Porritt

 

1854

Died at Stockton on 12 July 1854.

George

Porritt

68

1855

Born in Guisborough, a former Shoemaker. Died on 1 April 1867.

Elizabeth

Potter

68

1852

Born in Guisborough. Died on 3 May 1867.

William

Potter

74

1867

Born in Guisborough, a former Farm Labourer. Died on 11 May 1873.

Ralph

Pulman

 

1836

Died on 6 June 1840

Mary

Pulman

 

1853

Died on or about 11 March 1856

Jane

Reed

75

1836

Died on 10 November 1846

Elizabeth

Rhyman

70

1846

Born in Thirsk. Died circa 23 May 1853

Hannah

Richardson

 

1778

 

Peter

Riget

 

1625

 

Ann

Robinson

73

1854

Born in Acklam. Died on or about 17 October 1863

Susannah

Roper

59

1880

Born in Thurston, Surrey

James

Rowntree

 

1773

 

Francis

Rowntree

 

1778

 

John

Rowntree

60

1841

Born in Guisborough, former Shoemaker. Died on or about 26 July 1853.

William

Rowntree

 

1851

Died on or about 27 March 1860

John

Shepherd

68

1847

Born in Guisborough, Former Weaver. Died on or about 1 November 1853.

 

Smith

 

1620

 

George

Smith

79

1840

Died 13 April 1842

William

Snaith

69

1852

Former Agricultural Labourer. Died on 7 July 1871.

Elizabeth

Sokel

 

1837

Died on 5 February 1838

Jane

Stephenson or Stapleton?

71

1848

Born in Guisborough. Died on or about 27 September 1852.

George

Sunley

 

1748

 

Daniel

Swales

70

1880

Born at Skelton

John

Thompson

68

1868

Born in Skelton, former Farm Labourer.

John

Towers

72

1880

Born in Commondale

William

Unthank

 

1773

 

Ann

Ventris?

 

1778

 

Mary

Walker

79

1840

Died on 13 December 1846

Isabell

Walls

 

1750

 

Joseph

Walters

 

1837

Died on 24 December 1839

John

Watson

 

1835

Died on or about 26 January 1836

Mary Ann

Watson

72

1856

Born at Harewood. Died on or about 13 October 1864

Ann

Wiley

74

1861

Born in Guisborough. Died on or about 31 March 1863

William

Wilkinson

64

1862

Born in Upleatham, a former Shoemaker

Joshua

Wilson

68

1846

Born in Easby. Previously Farmer of 30 acres. Died on or about 23 February 1858.

Mary A

Winter

77

1880

Born at Boosbeck

Thomas

Wright

 

1625

 

Matthew

Wright

 

1837

Former Groom. Died 9 May 1839

Robert

Wright

 

1843

Died on 12 November 1846.

William

Young

 

1648

 

Thomas

Young

 

1778

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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