The Workhouse: A Social History

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2003. Pages: 320 in Publisher: Random House UK Everyone has heard of the workhouse But what exactly was it who went there And how did an institution so universally hated come to be set up Surprisingly no full- scale history of the workhouse has ever been written. This book fills the gap and tells the full story from its first beginnings in Elizabethan times until the final reluctant demise of 'the union' in the 1940s. The book concentrates. however. on the Victorian workhouse in the years of its tarnished glory. It describes the combination of circumstances which in the 1830s led to the opening of 600 new workhouses. against astonishingly little effective opposition. and it explains why radicals like Francis Place and humane reformers like Lord ougham supported the New Poor Law. while a handful of Tories like Disraeli and arch-reactionaries like Colonel ...

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"Excellent... Longmate's achievement in this moving history, like Henry Mayhew's in London Labour and the London Poor, has been to record the experiences of people who, friendless and despairing, otherwise left few traces of themselves behind" (Matt Shinn New Statesman)

"Norman Longmate has a reputation for careful research among original documents and a lively sense of anecdote, and this history of the Victorian workhouse amply demonstrates both qualities" (The Times)

"It is a strength of Norman Longmate's finely researched book that it is filled with such human reminders that the people who lived out meagre lives behind the high walls were living beings" (Spectator)

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'A readable and impressively-researched history of the workhouse...comprehensive and moving' Punch

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