The Penwortham township workhouse was located on Greenbank Road.A commemorative plaque recording the building's erection still survives.Dinner — Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday — Beef, bread, vegetables and beer; other days — Beef hashed with onions, etc. In 1829, the House of Recovery, a fever hospital was opened just to the south of the workhouse — the institution had originally been established on 28th June, 1813, on a site near Trinity Church. A plaque in the front of the building records: "This Work House was erected in the year 1825 at the Expense of the Tax payers of the Township of Hutton. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 35 in number, representing its 29 constituent parishes and townships as listed below (figures in brackets indicate numbers of Guardians if more than one): Lancashire: Alston, Barton, Bretherton, Broughton, Catforth, Cuerdale, Dilworth, Dutton, Elston, Farington, Fishwick, Fulwood, Goosnargh, Grimsargh and Brockholes, Haighton, Hothersall, Little Hoole, Much Hoole, Howick, Hutton; Lea, Ashton, Ingol, and Cottam; Longton, Penwortham, Preston (6), Ribbleton, Ribchester, Samlesbury, Walton-le-dale (2), Wood Plumpton. The population falling within the Union at the 1831 census had been 59,355 with parishes and townships ranging in size from Elston (population 64) to Preston itself (33,112).Supper — Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday — Bread-broth and bread; other days — Beer or milk pottage. Other township workhouses in the area included Penwortham (erected 1796), Walton-le-Dale (1796), Longton (1821), Ribchester (1823), Wood Plumpton (1824), Hutton (1825), and Howick (1827). The Foundation & Area consisting of 1106 square yards. Like many parts of industrial northern England, Preston was opposed to the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its insistence on the establishment of a deterrent workhouse.
Following the formation of the Preston Union, the Howick, Hutton, and Longton workhouses were closed and sold off. Some of the observations he made in his official report are given below.
The earliest, dating from around 1674, was situated at Avenham and was for the unemployed poor. A new building was erected in 1788 at the west side of Deepdale Road where Burrow Road now stands. White-washing and other means of keeping the house clean seem rather neglected. There were 26 men, 39 women, 47 boys, and 40 girls in the house.