August 6, 2019

Workhouses: Pictures in time

by admin in Uncategorised

“People ended up in the Workhouse for a variety of reasons. Usually, it was because they were too old, ill or poor to support themselves.” [Source]

We often find ourselves asking, what was it like? Was there a daily routine? What was the food and drink like? How were rulings, disciplinaries and punishments regulated? The list goes on…

In today’s blog, we’ve selected a few images depicting life in the Workhouse and the impact they had many years after they closed down.

Children in the Crumpsall Workhouse c.1897

Image source: Manchester Archives, Flickr

Chesterfield Ashgate Industrial Schools c.1906.

The Chesterfield Union Industrial School or Children’s Home was built in 1880. It housed destitute children from the workhouse. It later became a County Council residential home for the elderly.

Image source: Billy Black, Flickr

The workhouse dining hall in Hartlepool during World War One

Image source: Jane Jones, Flickr

Standing in front of the former Bradfield Workhouse c.1912

Image Source: Diego Sideburns, Flickr

An abandoned Union Workhouse

Built in 1851-1852, opened in 1853 and closed in 1921, Bawnboy Co.Cavan

Image source: Keith Ewing, Flickr

The Ripon Union Workhouse Plaque

Image Source: Flickr

Image of a Victorian Workhouse

Image source: Flickr

Women in the Workhouse

[Image source]

Hospital Ward in Crumpsall Workhouse c.1897

Image source: Flickr

A Parish Workhouse, built as a solution to homelessness

Image source: Flickr

“The Workhouse called Priory” Blue Plaque

Image source: Brian Cooper, Flickr

Early Iron beds from the Gressenhall Workhouse

[Image Source]

Do you have any ancestors associated with Workhouses? Tell us in the comments below.

If you want to know more about life in the Workhouse, you can visit this website. It’s full of information about the institution and it even has a Workhouse quiz!

In our next blog, we will be looking at accounts of those who had experienced Workhouse life. So, watch this space!

One Comment

  1. Rachelle Morgan
    6th August 2019 at 10:17 pm

    My 3x great grandfather and grandmother died in the Aston Union Workhouse in 1902 and 1897. Would love to see an article or pictures of how it was back then

    1. admin
      7th August 2019 at 4:09 pm

      Hi Rachelle,
      Thanks for sharing this with us!
      I’m sure there may be some records of what it was like back then. Have you tried visiting an archive centre?

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