The Workhouse: The People, the Places, the Life Behind Doors (UK Edition)

December 4, 2020
The Workhouse: The People, the Places, the Life Behind Doors (UK Edition)

"A poignant account" of the reality behind these famousVictorian institutions where the poor resided (TheIndependent).During the nineteenth century, the workhouse cast a shadow overthe lives of the English poor. The destitute and the desperatesought refuge within its forbidding walls. And it was anever-present threat if poor families failed to look afterthemselves properly.In this fully updated and revised edition of his bestsellingbook, Simon Fowler takes a fresh look at the institution that mostof us are familiar with only from Dickens novels or films, and thepeople who sought help from it. He looks at how the system of thePoor Law of which the workhouse was a key part was organized, andthe men and women who ran the workhouses or were employed to carefor the inmates. But above all this is the moving story of the tensof thousands of children, men, women and the elderly who wereforced to endure grim conditions to survive in an unfeelingworld."Draws powerfully on letters from The National Archives ...brings out the horror, but it is fair-minded to those struggling tobe humane within an inhumane system."—The Independent"A good introduction."—The Guardian