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Peter Higginbotham
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1 Feb 2013 Grim Almanacs
For two centuries, the shadow of the workhouse hung over Britain. The recourse of only the most desperate, dark and terrible tales of malnutrition, misery, mistreatment and murder ran like wildfire through the poorer classes, who lived in terror of being forced inside the institution’s towering walls. This book contains 365 incredible tales of fires, drownings, explosions and disasters, infamous scandals such as the Andover affair – where inmates were forced to eat the bones they were supposed to be crushing to ward off starvation – and sickening tales of abuse, assault, bodysnatching, poisonings, post mortems and murder. Accompanied by 70 rare and wonderful illustrations, this book will thrill, fascinate, sadden and unnerve in equal measure. DID YOU KNOW? In the early hours of 31 August 1888, the mutilated body of Mary Ann Nichols – the first generally accepted victim of Jack the Ripper – was discovered in Buck’s Row, Whitechapel, just a little way from the Whitechapel workhouse infirmary. Nichols, aged forty-two at her death, had been a regular habituée of London’s workhouses. On 30 May 1896, at the age of seven, future Hollywood star Charlie Chaplin entered the Newington workhouse in south London, together with his mother, Hannah, and his older half-brother Sydney. On 19 March 1834 a revolt took place amongst the juvenile female paupers of St Margaret’s workhouse, Westminster. A young man named Speed, appointed as their superintendent, provoked their wrath by his alleged tyrannical behaviour. He was unmercifully thrashed by the girls who tore his clothes nearly off his back and beat him until his cries raised the alarm and the police were sent for to quell the disturbance.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752487396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752487397
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Higginbotham gave up on history at the age of 13 - "it was all about wars and kings and queens not ordinary people." Years later, tracing his family history, he became fascinated by the workhouse - a place where one of his forebears had died. His wide-ranging researches resulted in an acclaimed web site (workhouses.org.uk) and several books including the much-praised Workhouse Cookbook. Its sequel, the Prison Cookbook, charts the often gruesome history of the prison system, and how the food served to the inmates reflected the changing regimes for those behind bars. Peter, who now lives in West Yorkshire, regularly contributes to magazines, radio and TV programmes, and frequently presents talks on the workhouse and related topics to groups around the region.

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About the Author

Peter Higginbotham runs the website workhouses.org.uk. His previous titles include "Life in a Victorian Workhouse," "Voices from the Workhouse," "The Workhouse Cookbook," "The Workhouse Encyclopedia," "Workhouses of the Midlands," and "Workhouses of the North."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grim Almanac of the Workhouse 21 May 2013
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NB: My name is Philip not Philkip - please correct. Thanks

I rate this book first class. It is very well presented and written and very difficult to put down. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 21 May 2013
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Very interesting. Put to bed a few myths which have been bandied about, it looked like there was some decent caring people within the workhouse system and not all greedy bullies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Workhouse 1 Sep 2013
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What a read !!!!! so heart breaking and sad, but, a book you just can't put down, the true stories are heartbreaking, and tears are not far away at the way our fore bearers had to live and died in these horific places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grim 7 Aug 2013
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If you love grim accounts and facts which are historically based you will love this book. Love it, was a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Donhawkwind 8 Aug 2013
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Very good, until reading this book I thought the workhouse was pre WW2 a left over thing from Victorian times; and not something still in use in the 1950's.
When pension allows I will be buying more about this topic from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great cover design! 31 Mar 2014
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Really interesting and so sad, so much suffering it most of been horrendous in the workhouses.

But were things really that terrible? Sadly, the answer has to be in the affirmative.

A new book, entitled A Grim Almanac of the Workhouse, by Peter Higginbotham, reveals some of the grisly, gruesome, and occasionally downright bizarre events that took place behind workhouse doors.

As Peter explains in detail in his book, the dread of the workhouse even drove some people to take their own lives.
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