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Reference to H. M. Stanley in the St. Asaph Workhouse Admission & Discharge Book, 1856 [front cover, image 1 of 3]

Reference to H. M. Stanley in the St. Asaph Workhouse Admission & Discharge Book, 1856 [front cover, image 1 of 3]
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This item comes from: Flintshire Record Office (Item reference: G/C/60/6).  If you would like to see the original item, or require information regarding copyright, please contact the repository/contributor named above.


The explorer and writer H. M. Stanley was born in Denbigh in 1841, when he was known as John Henry Rowlands. Stanley was an illegitimate child who was raised in considerable poverty, and he spent nine years in St. Asaph Workhouse from 1847 to 1856. The following page is taken from the St. Asaph Workhouse Admission and Discharge Book for 1856 and shows the entry for John Rowlands, aka H. M. Stanley.

Gathering the Jewels ref: GTJ16873

Flintshire Record Office

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