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Forfar, Angus (Forfarshire)

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Forfar erected a poorhouse at the south side of Arbroath Road in Forfar. It opened its doors on 28th June 1861 and could accommodate up to 85 inmates.

Forfar poorhouse site, 1901

Apart from a small block near the entrance to the site, the buildings have now been demolished and replaced by a residential care development.

Forfar entrance block from the east, 2001.
© Peter Higginbotham.

The male inmates were employed in cultivating the poorhouse garden and in chopping firewood, which was sold to local householders. The females carried out the domestic work of the establishment.

After 1930, the poorhouse became the Lordburn House Poor Law Institution serving Forfar and the county of Angus. It provided accommodation for the chronic sick, maternity cases and 'mental defectives'.

Forfar also established an infirmary on a nearby site at the north side of Arbroath Road.

Forfar infirmary from the south, 2001.
© Peter Higginbotham.




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  • Angus Archives, Hunter Library, Restenneth Priory, By Forfar DD8 2SZ.


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