THE history of a former workhouse has been remembered with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.
Members of the Fareham Society saved the site from demolition and wanted to preserve its history so future generations could learn about what happened there.
It is a prominent site in the history of Fareham and very much a candidate for one of our blue plaques.Brenda Clapperton
Although the workhouse, in Wickham Road, Fareham, is not a listed building, the society thought it was worth saving and honoured it with a blue plaque.
Mayor of Fareham Councillor Mike Ford was at the service held yesterday.
Brenda Clapperton, honorary secretary at the Fareham Society said: ‘We have been putting blue plaques up in Fareham for the last few years to remember the town’s history.
‘When the planning application came in for the demolition of the whole workhouse site, we suggested very firmly to the council that it should be kept.
‘It is a prominent site in the history of Fareham and very much a candidate for one of our blue plaques.’
The building escaped demolition and is now a home.
Brenda added: ‘We were very, very pleased after seeing the plaque unveiled.
‘The project was worth doing and hopefully it will remain for a long time and help people learn more about Fareham’s history and the work house.’
The workhouse was built in 1836 after the Fareham Poor Law Union was formed in 1835.
It remained as a workhouse for more than 100 years becoming St Christopher’s Hospital in 1948.
The hospital closed 60 years later.
By commemorating the workhouse, the Fareham Society is hoping to encourage people to discover more about its history at the Westbury Manor Museum, on West Street, in the town centre.
Brenda said: ‘It would be great for the children to learn about what happened there. I think they would find it interesting as a workhouse is unheard of today.’