Former Soup Kitchen, Union Passage, Hereford, Herefordshire

This building was built as a soup kitchen for the poor. It was built in 1872 by Thomas Nicholson for the 'Hereford Society for Aiding the Industrious'. Nicholson was Hereford Diocesan Architect and also acted as architect and adviser to the Hereford Society for Aiding the Industrious during the 1860s and 70s. It was during this time that he was asked to design a purpose-built soup kitchen at the rear of the Society offices in Nos. 49/50 Commercial Street. He was asked to draw up plans 'on the most approved principles with a room in which the poor may partake of the soup'. During the summer it was used as a temperance refreshment room. This is a rare survival of such an institution.


Herefordshire Hereford


Victorian (1837 - 1901)


poor charity social welfare kitchen Victorian (1837 - 1901)