• Voices from the Workhouse

Voices from the Workhouse

Peter Higginbotham

156mm x 233mm, 224 pages, ISBN: 978-0-7524-6749-8

Voices from the Workhousetells the real inside story of the workhouse - in the words of those who experienced the institution at first hand, including the pauper inmates themselves, workhouse staff, administrators, official inspectors, journalists and social explorers or through some other connection with the institution.

Using a wide variety of sources — letters, poems, graffiti, autobiographies, official reports, testimony at official inquiries, oral history and newspaper articles, historian Peter Higginbotham paints a vivid portrait of what really went on behind the doors of the workhouse — all the sights, sounds and smells of these places, and the effect it had on those whose lives it touched. Was the workhouse the cruel and inhospitable place it was often presented, or was there more to it than that? This book lets those who knew the place provide the answer.

Hearing from those who passed through the doors of a workhouse, including visitor Charles Dickens and inmate Charlie Chaplin - and experienced conditions for themselves, this book provides a valuable and unique into the workhouse system.

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Voices from the Workhouse

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