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Joseph Rowntree of Leeds — Workhouse Improvement Campaigner

From around 1859 to 1868, Joseph Rowntree of Leeds campaigned to improve conditions for those in workhouses. He visited many of these establishments and reported his findings in the form of letters to local newspapers.

A selection of Rowntree's workhouse reports, or extracts from them, can be viewed from the list below, arranged in order of the name of the union concerned. The first in the list, however, is a typical, generic article, outlining Rowntree's views without detailed reference to a particular workhouse.

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