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The Union Workhouse &

St. Tydfil's Hospital

Merthyr Tydfil

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The Merthyr Union Workhouse was built in 1853.

It was built to provide poor relief for paupers. It also had an Infirmary, a Fever ward, and a Maternity ward prior to this poor relief was provided by the Parish. Doctor T. J. Dyke Medical Officer Of Health, reported in 1866"The number of poor people relieved by the Parish, decreased from 55 hundreds to 33 hundreds in 1866."

Waiting for relief outside the Workhouse in Merthyr Tydfil - 1873 - Anon.

Extract from a 1919 Merthyr Tydfil Map.


Merthyr was affected by Cholera on three occasions.



1,682 deaths.

1 in every 25 people died of the disease.

Lady Charlotte Guest wrote in her diary, "Upwards of twenty people dying in one day and eight men constantly employed making coffins"



This outbreak was not so severe as in 1849.



229 Deaths.

The Cholera Cemetery.

Return of cases September 22nd 1849.



Abstract of the first cases of Cholera in the Epidemic of 1886.

from Dr T.J.Dyke's report on Sanitary Conditions 1866


St. Tydfil's Hospital - Docter and Nursing Staff in the Maternity Ward

St. Tydfil's Hospital X-Ray Apparatus - 1946.

St. Tydfil's Hospital Pathology Department. 1958.

Back Row :- Clive Bates, ? Bloom, John ?,

Front Row :- Beth Rich, Louraine Dunn, Heather ?, Margaret Cook, Viv ?, Mr Cook, Sheila Lewis.

(Photograph Courtesy of Sheila Lewis now Pettigrew)



St. Paul Ward - St. Tydfil's Hospital 1959

(Photograph Courtesy of Gareth Rogers)



Nursing Staff at St Tydfil's Hospital - 1960's

(Photographs Courtesy of Gareth Rogers)


St. Tydfil's Hospital League of Friends, February 1972.

Back Row:- ?, Dorothy Burns, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?.

In Bed:- ?.

Front Row:- ?, Mrs Erna Fraser,  Mrs Alice Bradley.

(Photograph Courtesy of Robert Fraser)

The Queen Mother Visits St. Tydfil's Hospital - 1987

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