The Victorian Workhouse

The Victorian Workhouse

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By (author) Trevor May

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  • Publisher: SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 202mm x 6mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747803552
  • ISBN 13: 9780747803553
  • Sales rank: 139,849

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Whether it was 'the batille', 'the spike', 'the work'us' or simply 'the house', the Victorian workhouse was the cause of dread and shame for thousands of men, women and children. The workhouse was the last resort, and the authorities intended that it should be seen as such. This book looks at the principles that lay beind the New Poor Law of 1834, at the design and construction of workhouses, and at the lives of those who entered them, either as officers or as paupers.

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Author information

Trevor May is a freelance writer and lecturer, specialising in economic and social history. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including 'The Victorian Schoolroom', 'The Victorian Undertaker', 'The Victorian Domestic Servant', 'The Victorian Railway Worker' and 'Military Barracks' on the Shire list.

Table of contents

The basis of the Victorian Poor Law The design and construction of workhouses Staffing the workhouse The routine of the workhouse Vagrants The last days of the workhouse Further reading Places to visit