The Workhouse Encyclopedia

The Workhouse Encyclopedia

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By (author) Peter Higginbotham

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  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 246mm x 30mm | 1,060g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 0750956712
  • ISBN 13: 9780750956710
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 100 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 180,128

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Where was my local workhouse? What records did they keep? What is gruel and is it really what inmates lived on? How did you get out of a workhouse? What famous people were once workhouse inmates? Are there any workhouse buildings I can visit? If these are the kinds of questions you've ever wanted to know the answer to, then this is the book for you. This fascinating, fully illustrated volume is the definitive guide to every aspect of the workhouse and of the poor relief system in which it played a pivotal part. Compiled by Peter Higginbotham, one of Britain's best-known experts on the subject, this A-Z cornucopia covers everything from the 1725 publication An Account of Several Work-houses to the South African Zulu admitted to Fulham Road Workhouse in 1880. With hundreds of interesting anecdotes, plus priceless information for researchers - including workhouse locations throughout the British Isles, useful websites and archive repository details, maps, plans, original workhouse publications and an extensive bibliography - it will delight family historians and general readers alike.

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Peter Higginbotham runs the website www.workhouses.org.uk. An expert on the subject of many years' standing, his previous titles include "The Workhouse Cookbook," "Life in a Victorian Workhouse," "Workhouses of the North," and "Workhouses of the Midlands."