Inmate in workhouse? or prison?

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I've found this record in FamilySearch showing Henry Anderton as an 'Inmate' in Clerkenwell, but it does not say what he was an inmate of. I know there was a workhouse with an appallingly bad infirmary there, and there was also Clerkenwell prison. Can anyone find out more about where he was an inmate of? 

WikiTree profile: Henry Anderton
ago in Genealogy Help by Deborah Pate G2G6 Mach 3 (34.6k points)
In some Pennsylvania records, "inmate" was a tax category meaning basically "resident, tenant". (The word originates from inn-mate: someone living at an inn.) No idea if this definition is relevant to London in 1812.

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Well, there are lunatics in the same building, so I would say workhouse; plus the staff are recorded as working at the workhouse (Master of Workhouse, Matron of Workhouse etc).  Inmates of prisons were usually recorded as 'prisoner'.
ago by Ros Haywood G2G6 Pilot (846k points)
selected ago by Deborah Pate
"Clerkenwell Workhouse, Holborn Morrow, Farringdon Road East C, Clerkenwell, Holborn, London & Middlesex" from FindMyPast

"Morrow" is probably a mistranscription of something. It seems to have formerly stood in Coppice Row but that was an earlier site before moving to Farringdon Road.

Admitted in 1865 ( 20 Sept) spent previous night Chelsea moved to Clerkenwell.

Discharge: sadly on death 30 March 1877

London Metropolitan Archives, CHBG/189/002 and  HOBG/542/05   Ancestry database: London,  Workhouse Admissions and Discharges. 1764-1930

Thank you all!
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In the London, England Workhouse Admission and Discharge Records, 1764-1930, if you fill in his name, Place (Clerkenwell) and when you put 1812 in the dates, make it +- 10 years.  It then shows you several instances of Henry Anderton as an Inmate at Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England, U.K.    Hope it is the right Henry Anderton.
ago by Linda Davison G2G Crew (630 points)
I don't have an ancestry subscription but thank you - the workhouse records do make it seem tempting!

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