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on 8 August 2007
As a keen genealogist, I found this book very informative. It gives a good all round picture of everyone involved in Workhouse life - both inmates and staff - and how they came to be there. In summary, it is an excellent "workhouse primer".
I now understand Indoor and Outdoor Relief; "the workhouse test"; the many different categories used to describe the inmates and to determine what kind of treatment they received; who were the deserving and who the undeserving poor; what happened to families in the workhouse; the old and the sick; children and "fallen women". The book leaves a strong impression of how Workhouses functioned (some good, some bad), and of the sometimes extraordinary efforts of the staff, from the porter at the gate to the Clerk to the Guardians.
Everything is clearly and straightforwardly explained, with numerous examples and personal details. The many illustrations add to the interest and reinforce this well-researched account.
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on 11 July 2007
An excellent book conveniently detailing different aspects of workhouse life. There are chapters on the individual work of the employees - chaplain, medical officer, porter, master, matron, guardians etc. Included are the various classes of inmates and the way they were dealt with in workhouses. The book is illustrated with interesting case histories from various workhouses in England. A good and informative read. Well illustrated.
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on 7 August 2007
I found this book to be an enlightening read. It is well illustrated and clearly researched. It gives a concise and factual account of how the workhouse featured in the daily lives of the working class folk. I've never been so grateful for our current welfare state! I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a clear picture of how the institution of the workhouse impacted on the people who lived and worked there.
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on 23 August 2010
A well researched book covering many aspects of the workhouse. I particularly like the organisation in to chapters dealing with different pauper classes (although a little repetitive in places)and different workhouse staff roles. Also contains excellent references and bibliography for further reading. Would recommend this as a detailed introduction to workhouses.
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on 30 January 2010
this is a very interseting book,if you are doing your family history and you find someone who was in the workhouse then get this book,it tells of the way of life they had.
i would reccomend it to anyone.

the condition was great!
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