This fascinating volume explores all aspects of life in that dreadful institution, the workhouse, the deterrent nature of which was a deliberate attempt to discourage people from entering. From the staff who lived and worked in trhe workhouse to the destitute people who passed through the doors every day,it reveals a side of Rotherham that has longsinc been forgotten.The book also illustrates that, dreadful as these lives were within the workhouse, they were sometimes better than the livezs of working-class people in Rotherham. In the years bewween 1837 – 1902 the approach of legislators , the Guardians and the population softened and inmqates were seen as unfortunate rather than idle. Gifts and treatas were organised by the more philanthropic people of the town and the inmates were regularly included in local celebrations.
Including an extensive list of workhouse inmates in Rotherham and more than fifty captivating illustrations, this book will interest all who know Rotherham.