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.