The workhouse system officially ended in 1930, and the world is now a very different place. Many former workhouse buildings have vanished; the survivors, ironically, have often been converted into luxurious houses and flats, and their original purpose forgotten. Yet the memory of the nightmarish austerity of the workhouses, as well as the inmates who lived and laboured there, has never faded. Featuring more than 100 evocative images of workhouses from across the Midlands; Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, this book provides a rare pictorial record of both.
With sections providing detailed histories of the establishments in each area, this book illustrates almost every facet of the evolution of the workhouse.