The Workhouse

A short book of only 32 pages but if you want to know what a workhouse was like than here is a good place top start.

This is a good read with great illustrations showing the history of the workhouse focussing primarily on the Victorian period. It is an ideal introduction to the subject.

It gives you the origins of the workhouse institution with images of workhouse buildings, entering and leaving the workhouse, the daily routine, workhouse labour, workhouse food, children, the elderly, medical care, old age and death, tramps and vagrants, workhouse staff, the workhouse in Scotland and Ireland, the workhouse in art and literature.

A good book for such a dark subject.

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pitkin Unichrome Ltd (1 July 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1841653381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841653389
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.8 x 0.4 cm

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