WORKHOUSES

L0046484 Workhouse for 300 paupers - ground plan
Workhouse for 300 paupers – ground plan. Annual report of the Poor Law Commissioners for England and Wales. Great Britain. Poor Law Commissioners. Published: 1835-1847. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

Workhouses had a large impact on the culture of Britain during the mid to late 19th century. These places were home to the desperately poor, diseases and despair. We will focus on what the workhouses were (Workhouses: An Introduction), how children were affected by the workhouse (Workhouses: The Children), the diseases that ravaged through its inhabitants and the healthcare they received (Workhouses: Diseases and Healthcare). Click on the links in the text to learn more about the places that had such a large impact on a wide range of people.

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