New! Info on 1000s of former children's homes/orphanages/reformatories etc.
The Workhouse evokes the grim Victorian world of Oliver Twist, but its story is a fascinating mix of social history, politics, economics and architecture. This site is dedicated to the workhouse — its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators, even its poets. Use the sidebar or Search box to find information. New facility — use the Select Language option above to view this site in other languages.
Workhouse Myths! Was it really just gruel, gruel, gruel?? Read the truth behind ten of the most common misconceptions.
Jeremy Corbyn's great-great-grandfather, was the despotic master of the Farnham workhouse.
New - Information on 1000s of children's homes, orphanages, reformatories, industrial schools, training ships etc.
Voices From The Workhouse Diverse writing by those with first-hand knowledge — as inmate, staff, official, visitor, or under-cover journalist. More....
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The Workhouse Encyclopedia. A fully illustrated A to Z plus fact-filled appendices of workhouse locations, statistics, maps, records, museums etc.

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