These included cottages, garden and outbuildings at Moorsholm, and two cottages described as a 'workhouse' at Danby dating from 1815 — the latter continued in use as the union workhouse until May, 1839. In 1893-4, a new 48-bed infirmary was erected to the south of the workhouse.A new Guisborough Union workhouse was erected in 1838-9 on the corner of Northgate and what is now Church Lane. The original sick wards were in a separate block at the north of the site. It had separate male and female entrances at either side of the central block. Guisborough 1894 infirmary and 1912 nurses' home from the south-west, 2001. For its first ten years, the new workhouse was somewhat underused, with the average number of inmates being about 30.The Rye Poor Law Union was formed on 27th July 1835.

A paid manager was employed by the parish's Select Vestry to run the establishment but it appears not have been a popular job.

Apparently, one lame Guisborough pauper seeking relief was "offered" the post under threat of his allowance being stopped if he refused.

[Up to 1834] [After 1834] [Staff] [Inmates] [Records] [Bibliography] [Links] A parliamentary report of 1777 recorded parish workhouses in operation at Rye (accommodation for 60 inmates), Brede (30), Iden (20), and Winchelsea—St Thomas the Apostle (24).

The Rye workhouse relocated in 1791 to a property on Gun Garden.

Another 75-year-old found it so demanding that he cut his own throat.

In 1814, Danby erected a new workhouse under Gilbert's Act of 1782.

The hospital also had its own school on land to the west of the main block.

The hospital closed in around 1980 and the site stood disused for a number of years until being sold to developers.

Small establishments also operated at Brotton (7 paupers) and at Commondale and Danby (4 paupers each).

According to (Chadwick, 1996), the Guisborough workhouse, "an old tumbledown cottage", was "no regular workhouse but a house for the reception of paupers".

Only the main block and nurses' home survive and both have now been converted to residential use.