At the following website http://www.workhouses.org.uk/NewportPagnell/
In 1725, An Account of Several Workhouses for Employing an Maintaining the Poor describes workhouses in operation in Newport Pagnell, Lavington [Lavendon], North Crowle [North Crawley], Olney and Hanslope.
Also on this website is a section headed :
Hanslope, Bucks, Dec. 31, 1724.
The Overseers of the Poor having hired a convenient House, and furnished it etc. The article describes the purpose of the workhouse and the conditions that applied.
Following that article:
A parliamentary report of 1777 recorded parish workhouses in operation in Newport Pagnell (for up to 80 inmates), Olney (30), Hanslop (40) etc
Does anyone know where this workhouse was located and when it closed? I haven't been able to find any other information regarding a workhouse in Hanslope.
I am thinking that the Hanslope workhouse must have closed prior to 1881 as I have Mary Forks (I think it should be Foster), 77 years, lacemaker, blind, born Hanslope in 1881 census at "Union Workhouse" London Road, Newport Pagnell. I haven't seen the actual census page yet, just the transcript so may have been hard to read hence the different name.
Mary Foster was buried in Hanslope in 1882 her abode being given as Newport Union. I am quite confident that Mary Forks is Mary Foster as her age (77) and the fact that she was a lacemaker and had been blind since at least 1861 would no doubt have qualified her for a place at the workhouse.
I look forward to learning a bit more.