About Phoebe ARTHWELL
Phoebe HILLS gave birth to Clara HILLS in the Union Workhouse, Glen Vue Road, East Grinstead, Sussex on the 12th March 1860, father unknown.
The East Grinstead Poor Law Union was formed on 23rd September 1835. Initially, the new East Grinstead Board of Guardians retained four existing parish workhouses for use by the union at East Grinstead, Hartfield, Hellingly, and Lingfield. In 1859, a new workhouse accommodating 260 inmates was erected at the south side of Glen Vue Road in East Grinstead. It was designed by Frederick Peck who was also the architect of workhouses for the Medway and Hertford Unions. It was constructed by the firm of Peck and Stevens at a cost of £5,680.
The new workhouse had a T-shaped main block, with a separate entrance block at the north fronting onto Glen Vue Road, and an infirmary and infectious block to the south.
Phoebe was married to George ARTHWELL 3 months after Clara's birth. Esther HILLS was present. It is currently not known if Esther is her sister or mother. Phoebe and George were married in Withyham Parish Church. Phoebe was 18 and George was 19.
Withyham lies between Tunbridge Wells and East Grinstead and the Churche is St Michael and All Angels - www.withyhamchurch.org/
Withyham village is very small, containing a few houses, the church, a bed and breakfast and the village pub, the Dorset Arms, which was once a farmhouse.