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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.

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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.

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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.

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