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Southwell workhouse

The Southwell Workhouse owned by the National Trust is the subject of a large scale local, social and family history research project.

The men's ward. The Workhouse in St Pancras, London: Middlesex - I am not surprised disease was rife, the beds are crammed in and sanitary arrangements were at best basic.


Many children were born in the workhouse and never knew their parents. Some babies were taken out in a large pram,but in some urban workhouses some babies and young children never went beyond the walls of the outside yard. Workhouse life was all they knew.


Southwell Workhouse, Nottinghamshire. Windows were placed deliberately high, and often had sloping window sills. This was to prevent inmates from looking out - further increasing their isolation from the outside world.