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Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 19 in number, representing its 12 constituent parishes as listed below (figures in brackets indicate numbers of Guardians if more than one): Lancashire: Ardwick (2), Burnage, Chorlton-upon-Medlock (5), Chorlton with Hardy, Didsbury, Gorton, Hulme (3), Levenshulme, Mosside, Rushulme, Stretford, Withington.
The population falling within the Union at the 1831 census had been 46,465 — ranging from Mosside (population 208) to Chorlton-upon-Medlock (20,569).
It might be thought the presence of the governor and his wife would have awed these youngsters into silence — not a bit of it — no sooner had they entered the room than there was a crowd around them fishing in their pockets to see if they could find any toffee or toys.
Happy little souls, too young to feel their somewhat forlorn condition, but old enough to appreciate the little favours shown to them by the kind-hearted governor.
Chorlton Barlow Moor workhouse site, 1916 The original construction centred around a large cruciform main building which included at chapel in the south wing nearest the site entrance, and a dining hall in the north wing to the rear. Some twenty women were employed on a huge stack of them darning away for dear life we passed on to what may be termed the baby-house.We then entered the old women's sitting-room, where the dear old creatures past all work sit and croon and twiddle their thumbs.It is true some of them make a pretence of doing a little darning, but they seem quite at liberty to do as much or as little as they like.She tells me the doctor wants her to marry him, and has promised her a pair, of earrings and a finger ring, but she has not get them yet... In an adjacent room were the older women, one of whom seemed highly amused because another had forgotten her age.She laughed until she shook again, and said she liked laughing because it made her fat.