White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 states :-
"LOUTH UNION, as formed by the New Poor Law Commissioners, in 1837, comprises 86 parishes, which extend over 107,708 acres of land, and had 33,427 inhabitants in 1851, but only 25,214 in 1831.
In 1851, there were in the union 184 persons above 80 years of age, 57 above 85, and 14 above 90.
The total expenditure of the union for the support of the poor in 1838 was £12,410, and in 1839, £10,969.
The total expenditure of the union in 1855 was £17,826, including £1102 for in-door relief; £10,181, out-door relief; £1274, salaries, &c., of officers; £2211 for county rates; and about £2600 for various incidental expenses, constables' expenses, registration fees, &c.
The UNION WORKHOUSE stands in a pleasant situation on the north side of the town, at the head of Broad bank, and is an extensive brick building, erected in 1837, at the cost of about £6000.
It has room for 300 paupers, and had 132 inmates in 1841, and 179 in 1851, when the census was taken.
The BOARD OF GUARDIANS meets every Monday, and comprises 86 guardians, elected yearly.
DB 18 April 2019