Life in A Victorian Workhouse

Life in A Victorian Workhouse

From 1834-1930

Book - 2011
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The word 'workhouse' has a grim resonance even today, conjuring up a vision of the darker side of Victorian Britain. Almost every town had at least one workhouse, and most people dreaded ending up there.

Here we examine how workhouses came into being, what life was like for men, women and children on the wrong side of the poverty line, and how social attitudes evolved through the momentous events of Victorian Britain into the 20th century. Illustrated from contemporary and modern sources, this fact-filled guide presents an intriguing picture of a world of steam engines, self-help, service and salvation - where workhouse life, and workhouse reform, influenced attitudes and services we now take for granted.

Publisher: Andover, Hampshire :, Pitkin Publishing,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781841653389
Branch Call Number: ANF 362.585094 HIG
Characteristics: 32 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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Apr 27, 2014

I waited a long time for this book as life in a workhouse is a subject that is now coming into the light. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. This book did not even come close to the atrocities and crimes against humanity that went on in most workhouses. It only touched lightly on how entire families were separated and never say one another again. In many workhouses a person would not even get to go to a funeral of a child or spouse. Some did manage to get out of the workhouse but many died from disease, starvation or from being worked to death.

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