Workhouses of the Midlands (Images of England)

Peter Higginbotham

Published by The History Press, 2007
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Synopsis: The last of England's workhouses closed in the 1930s and since then, change has been vast. Converted to hospitals and libraries, or covered over with luxurious accommodation, there is little to show that these imposing establishments ever existed. Yet the memory of the nightmarish austerity of the workhouses, as well as the inmates who laboured there, has never faded. Featuring over 100 archive images of Midlands workhouses, this book provides a rare pictorial record of both. With detailed histories of the establishments in every county of the Midlands, the book illustrates almost every facet of the workhouses's evolution. Controversial issues of education and punishment for children born into destitution are also presented here, reflecting wider social and political thought. With descriptions of the exhausting labour carried out by inmates - ranging from the horrific (bone crushing) to the tedious (oakum picking) - the book provides a unique insight into the regimented lifestyle of the workhouse and a history that should never be forgotten. This book includes sections on Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

About the Author: Based at Oxford University, Peter Higginbotham is an enthusiastic local historian. Besides this latest title, he is also the author of numerous articles for television and radio, as well as Workhouses of the North (2006).

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Publisher: The History Press
Publication Date: 2007
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