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Brilliant reference for people who's ancestors were in the workhouse
on 20 July 2013
This is a brilliant read! Its worth buying if you need to research your workhouse ancestors to find out what they had to endure, what was expected of them and how they were educated. Reading this has also changed my perception of the workhouse. All my studies have shown that the workhouse, far from being a terrible place to be, it was far better than being left to wander the streets destitute. My grandmother was put into the workhouse along with her mother and younger brother for reasons I have still to find out. However she had a good education and learnt all manner of womanly skills which put her in a good position to find some decent work when she was released.
It was often the case where the mother died and left the father to look after the children.