Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy



The true stories of those who lived in, ran or investigated the institutions that dominated lives for 250 years.

Workhouses in Britain cast terrifying shadows over ordinary lives, especially after the New Poor Law Act of 1834 laid down that ‘going indoors’ should be the main form of poor relief available. This popular history explores the reality behind the legend, drawing on personal stories such as that of the anonymous ‘Indoor Pauper’, investigations and reports, contemporary ballads and even graffiti to bring the institution vividly to life. Tales of individual workhouses, from all parts of the country, are interwoven with rarely seen documents and images from the National Archives as well as a wealth of local sources. for more click here

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