Workhouses of the Midlands
By (author) Peter Higginbotham
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Workhouses of the Midlands by Peter Higginbotham
Book DescriptionThe 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 workhouse'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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780752444888
(235mm x 165mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Tempus Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Higginbotham
Workhouse Encyclopedia, Paperback (March 2014)
Featuring hundreds of fascinating anecdotes, workhouse addresses, useful websites and archive repository details, this book explains everything you ever wanted to know about the workhouse in one illustrated volume.
Voices from the Workhouse, Paperback (September 2012)
The real inside story of the workhouse in the words of those who experienced the institution at first hand. A wide variety of sources - letters, poems, graffiti, autobiography, official testimonies and oral history - is used to create a vivid portrait of what really went on behind the doors of the workhouse.
Life in a Victorian Workhouse, Paperback (March 2011)» View all books by Peter Higginbotham
The word workhouse has a grim resonance, conjuring up a vision of the darker side of Victorian Britain. This title examines how workhouses came into being, what life was like for men, women and children on the wrong side of the poverty line, and how social attitudes evolved through the momentous events of Victorian Britain into the 20th century.
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Author Biography - Peter Higginbotham
Based at Oxford University, Peter Higginbotham is an enthusiastic local historian. Much of his extensive work is published on the internet site, www.workhouses.org.uk. Besides this latest title, he is also the author of numerous articles for television and radio, as well as one more 'Images' book, Workhouses of the North (2006).
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