Info on 1000s of former homes

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.
Just Out! Pauper Policies: Poor Law Practice in England, 1780-1850 by Samantha Shave. Essential reading for anyone interested in welfare, poverty and society in 18/19th century England, and those who want to understand the early workings of the welfare system. More....

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Voices From The Workhouse is a wide-ranging collection of first-hand accounts of the workhouse by those who knew it. Includes autobiography, letters, poetry, graffiti, inspection reports etc. — by inmates, staff, officials,and under-cover explorers. More....

For information on 1000s of children's homes, orphanages, reformatories, industrial schools, training ships etc. visit

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The Workhouse Encyclopedia. A fully illustrated A to Z of workhouse information plus fact-filled appendices of workhouse locations, statistics, maps, records, museums etc.

The Victorian Slum: Common Lodging Houses and Model Dwellings

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Jeremy Corbyn's great-great-grandfather was the despotic master of the Farnham workhouse.

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