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The Victorian Workhouse (Shire Album) Paperback – 18 Sep 1997
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About the Author
Trevor May is a freelance writer and lecturer, specialising in economic and social history. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including 'The Victorian Schoolroom', 'The Victorian Undertaker', 'The Victorian Domestic Servant', 'The Victorian Railway Worker' and 'Military Barracks' on the Shire list.
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There are some excellent illustrations and archive newspaper adverts and articles from the time which are printed here with excellent clarity.
The text itself is very informative and provides a great overview on the history of the workhouse.
There are more extensive books on the subject, but this short, diverting read is an informative, well presented and enjoyable one.
Whilst researching my family tree I came across a reference to the Poor laws and the Unions - The Workhouses of Victorian England.
Realising my knowledge was to say the least a bit thin in this area I consulted the Amazon research facility. Not heard of it? Well by using the Amazon search facility you can have a very wide range of material presented to you.
One of the items on my list was the above book and what a revelation it has been. The book gives you grounding in the Poor Laws and in the foundation of the Unions or Workhouses. It follows this with a superb account of the design and construction of the Workhouses and their philosophy.
You were free to enter and leave the establishments but the cost of entry in terms of degradation was very high. Original text, quotations and pictures bring out the horrors to life in this environment. The daily routines and what happened to vagrants (tramps) is an eye opener.
The booklet ends with a transition to more modern times with a superb bibliography and a list of places to visit.
I can thoroughly recommend this excellent book as a start point to a look at how the poor were treated in Victorian and Edwardian England. I can now delve further into my family tree and illustrate some facets of at least one of my relative's life and sadly death
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It left me wanting to know more about these times