The Workhouse: The People, the Places, the Life Behind Doors
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 238 pages
Author: S. Fowler
Other: b&w photos, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword
During the nineteenth century the workhouse cast a shadow over the lives of the poor. The destitute and the desperate sought refuge within its forbidding walls. And it was an ever-present threat if poor families failed to look after themselves properly. As a result a grim mythology has grown up about the horrors of the 'house' and the mistreatment meted out to the innocent people.
In this fully-updated and revised edition of his bestselling book, Simon Fowler takes a fresh look at the workhouse and the people who sought help from it. He looks ar how the system of the Poor Law - of which the workhouse was a key part - was organised and the men and women who ran the workhouses or were employed to care for the inmates.
But above all this is the moving story of the tens of thousands of children, men, women and the elderly who were forced to endure grim conditions to survive in an unfeeling world.
A Note on Monetary Values and Poor Law Administration
1. The World of the Workhouse
2. The Life Behind Doors
3. Working for the Workhouse
4. 'Fit for purpose' - the Able-bodied Poor
5. Suffer the Children ...
6. The Sick and Aged
7. Casuals in the Workhouse
Appendix 1. Workhouse Museums
Appendix 2. Using Workhouse Records