New! - details of 100s of former children's homes.

The Workhouse evokes the grim Victorian world of Oliver Twist, but its story is a fascinating mix of social history, politics, economics and architecture. This site is dedicated to the workhouse — its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators, even its poets... I help uncover Mary Berry's ancestors at Norwich workhouse.
For the real story of workhouse food see
The Workhouse Cookbook
Workhouse Myths! Was it really just gruel, gruel, gruel?? Read the truth behind ten of the most common misconceptions.
New — Information on 100's of former children's homes, orphanages, reformatories, industrial schools, poor law homes, training ships etc.
Voices From The Workhouse Diverse writing by those with first-hand knowledge — as inmate, staff, official, visitor, or under-cover journalist. More....
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The Workhouse Encyclopedia. A fully illustrated A to Z plus fact-filled appendices of workhouse locations, statistics, maps, records, museums etc.
Workhouse by Simon Fowler — 'Impressively well-researched'? Or maybe not. Look at the evidence and decide for yourself!

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