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Voices from the Workhouse by [Higginbotham, Peter]
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About the Author

Peter Higginbotham is a freelance writer and historian. His fascination with the subject of workhouses began after discovering an ancestor had died in the Birmingham workhouse. His interests encompass other historical institutions such as prisons, asylums, hospitals, children's homes and housing for the poor. He is the author of several books and also regularly contributes to magazines and TV and radio programmes, including Radio 4's Making History and BBC1's Heir Hunters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4866 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DMGHRQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,587 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another Higgingbotham at his best. A great read for anyone with a genuine interest in the past, especilly of those unfortunates who spent time living in the Workhouse. A good collection. As an Historian, my investigation into the Victorian era from the poor classes to the rich is vast and
little collection has been very eye opening.
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Very good book interesting reading.seems we are lucky living standard now a days compared to those work house days.
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Very helpful resource!
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Arrived on time. Excellent.
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I bought this as I have a particular interest in this area of history and first person accounts of workhouses are naturally not all that common, especially not all in one place. It is basically a collection of short, first hand accounts arranged into logical chapters by one of the most popular workhouse historians at the moment. The book covers inmates, staff, and social enquirers among others and features the likes of Charlie Chaplain and Henry Morton Stanley. A lot of the accounts are obviously sad and tragic but a lot are surprisingly positive, the short stories make the book suitable for 'dipping in and out of' or for reading in a couple of sittings. I would recommend this for people who have a general interest, have workhouse ancestry or for poor law students - bearing in mind that a lot of the sources and accounts are biased.
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If we had to live as these people did in this day and age then I do not think that many of use would survive, we learn how hard people lives where and how much of a disgrace some people found going into the workhouse was , eventhough they had no choice if they wanted to survive. The treatment of children and young babies give you food for thought as well as the rule that had tobe abided by I think that every young person should read this to see how much life has chnge for the better.
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Interesting collection of memories of both inmates and staff of workhouses, a real insight into the culture of the times
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A very good read. Lot's of information on life in the workhouse ,told by evidence given by inmates ,Governors and under cover reporters of the time . I was drawn to this book and found it hard to put down . Recommend this to any one who has any interest in the Workhouse , the food and accommodation and the characters that visited these institutions .
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