Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


The Poorhouse

The Oxford Dictionary’s first record of the word workhouse dates back to 1652 in Exeter — ‘The said house to bee converted for a workhouse for the poore of this cittye and also a house of correction for the vagrant and disorderly people within this cittye.’ However, workhouses were around even before that — in 1631 the Mayor of Abingdon reported that “wee haue erected wthn our borough a workehouse to sett poore people to worke” for more click here

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