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"Exploring the Historical Workhouses: A Glimpse into Lives of Struggle and Resilience" Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham: Once a workhouse

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Crossley and Porter Orphanage, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Crossley and Porter Orphanage, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Halifaxs Crossley Orphanage was founded in 1864 by Joseph, John and Francis Crossley. The building was designed by John Hogg

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Charlie Chaplin as the little tramp

Charlie Chaplin as the little tramp
Film actor and director Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), film star and director, seen here in his little tramp costume, probably in a still from his 1925 film, The Gold Rush

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham

Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham
Aerial view of Shotley Bridge Hospital, County Durham. It was originally opened by the Gateshead Union in 1912 as a TB sanatorium (far right of picture)

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Warwick County Mental Hospital, Hatton, Warwickshire

Warwick County Mental Hospital, Hatton, Warwickshire
An aerial view of the Warwick County Mental Hospital at Hatton, Warwickshire, originally opened in 1846 as the Warwick County Lunatic Asylum. The site later became known as the Central Hospital

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent

Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent
A group of boys aboard the Training Ship Arethusa receiving compass instruction. The ship received boys aged 13-16 from a variety of poor backgrounds, including the workhouse

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: The Hollies Childrens Home, Sidcup, Kent

The Hollies Childrens Home, Sidcup, Kent
Aerial view of The Hollies, the Greenwich & Deptford Unions cottage homes at Lamorbey, near Sidcup, Kent, opened in 1902 to house pauper children away from the workhouse

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Busy street scene at Spitalfields, East End of London

Busy street scene at Spitalfields, East End of London
A busy street scene at Spitalfields in the East End of London. The location is the junction of Commercial Street and Brushfield Street. The building at the right is Spitalfields Market

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Boys Swimming, Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hants

Boys Swimming, Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hants
Boys from the Training Ship Mercury swimming nude in the River Hamble. The Mercury, established in 1885 by the London philanthropist Charles Hoare

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Knotting Class, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent

Knotting Class, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent
A group of boys aboard the Training Ship Arethusa receiving knotting and splicing instruction. The ship received boys aged 13-16 from a variety of poor backgrounds, including the workhouse

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Mount Pleasant Hotel, Kings Cross, London

Mount Pleasant Hotel, Kings Cross, London
The Mount Pleasant Hotel at the corner of Kings Cross Road and Calthorpe Street, Central London. The building was originally erected in 1894 as one of Londons six Rowton Houses - large

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Manchester Warehousemen Orphan Schools, Cheadle Hulme

Manchester Warehousemen Orphan Schools, Cheadle Hulme
The Manchester Warehousemen Orphan Schools, on Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. The school was founded in 1855 by a group of Manchester businessmen to care for and educate orphans

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: A Plan of the town of Sheffield in the county of York drawn by W. Fairbank 1797

A Plan of the town of Sheffield in the county of York drawn by W. Fairbank 1797. Engraved by Thomas Harris
Original at Sheffield Local Studies Library:s 45 S

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Guinness Lodging Houses, Lever Street, London

Guinness Lodging Houses, Lever Street, London. The building was erected in 1890 by the Guinness Trust to provide cheap housing for working men. Date: Date unknown

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Street in Wapping, East End of London

Street in Wapping, East End of London
A view of a narrow street in Wapping, East London. A group of children are at hand to observe the proceedings

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Union Workhouse, Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland

Union Workhouse, Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland
Female lunatic inmates sit in an airing yard at the Cootehill Union Workhouse, County Cavan, Ireland

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: View of Wandsworth Prison

View of Wandsworth Prison
Exterior view of Surrey Prison and House of Correction, Wandsworth Date: 1862

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Jewish Children, East End of London

Jewish Children, East End of London
A crowd of Jewish children in the East End of London

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Staffordshire County Asylum, Cheddleton, near Leek

Staffordshire County Asylum, Cheddleton, near Leek
The Staffordshire County Lunatic Asylum was established in 1898 on Cheadle Road, Cheddleton, near Leek. It was later known as Staffordshire Mental Hospital, then St Edwards Mental Hospital

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: North Wales Lunatic Asylum, Denbigh, North Wales

North Wales Lunatic Asylum, Denbigh, North Wales
Administration block of the North Wales Lunatic Asylum at Denbigh, opened in 1848 and designed by Thomas Fulljames

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Asylum Lodge, Devizes, Wiltshire

Asylum Lodge, Devizes, Wiltshire
The entrance lodge to the County Lunatic Asylum at Devizes, Wiltshire opened in 1851. In 1924 it was renamed Wiltshire County Mental Hospital, then in 1948 renamed Roundway Hospital

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex

West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex
The West Middlesex Hospital, originally erected as an infirmary for the Brentford Union workhouse on Twickenham Road, Isleworth

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex

Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex
Aerial view of Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, Middlesex. The building was originally the Chase Farm Schools, opened in 1886 by the Edmonton Union to house pauper children away from the workhouse

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Dorking General Hospital, Surrey

Dorking General Hospital, Surrey
Aerial view of Dorking General Hospital on Horsham Road, Dorking, Surrey. Designed by William Shearburn, the building opened in 1841 as the Dorking Union workhouse

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Stone Asylum, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Stone Asylum, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Entrance to the Buckinghamshire County Lunatic Asylum at Stone, near Aylesbury. A porter stands at the right of the gateway

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge
A aerial view of Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire, viewed from the west. Landmarks include the parish church (just left of centre)

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Cardiff Workhouse, Cowbridge Road, Cardiff

Cardiff Workhouse, Cowbridge Road, Cardiff
The Cardiff Union workhouse (left) on Cowbridge Road, Cardiff. In the street are a tram, horses and carts, pedestrians and a cyclist. Date: circa 1911

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Manchester

Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Manchester
Aerial view of the Park Hospital at Davyhulme, Manchester, originally opened in 1929 as the workhouse hospital for the Barton Upon Irwell Poor Law Union

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Childrens Playroom, St Pelagias Home, Highgate

Childrens Playroom, St Pelagias Home, Highgate
The childrens playroom at St Pelagias Home for penitent girls at 34 Highgate West Hill, London N6. The home provided accommodation for unmarried mothers and their children. Date: circa 1932

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Mint Street Workhouse, Southwark, south London

Mint Street Workhouse, Southwark, south London
View of the entrance (right of centre) to the St Saviours Union workhouse on Mint Street, Southwark, south London. Passers-by include a man carrying a small child

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Driffield Union workhouse, East Yorkshire

Driffield Union workhouse, East Yorkshire
The entrance to the union workhouse (or Poor Law Institution) on Bridlington Road, Driffield, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Two inmates can be seen on the left, sitting on a bench

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Aerial view of Forest Gate Hospital, East London

Aerial view of Forest Gate Hospital, East London
An aerial view of the Forest Gate Hospital, London E7. The hospital was originally opened in 1854 by the Whitechapel Union as an industrial school for 800 children

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Brockhall Hospital, Langho, near Blackburn, Lancashire

Brockhall Hospital, Langho, near Blackburn, Lancashire
Aerial view of Brockhall Hospital at Langho, near Blackburn, Lancashire, established in 1904 by the Lancashire Inebriates Acts Board as an inebriate reformatory for women

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Houseless and Hungry by Luke Fildes

Houseless and Hungry by Luke Fildes
A study entitled Houseless and Hungry by Luke Fildes depicting homeless paupers queuing outside the casual ward of a London workhouse. A policeman stands at the left of the scene

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Guiltcross Union Workhouse, Kenninghall, Norfolk

Guiltcross Union Workhouse, Kenninghall, Norfolk
The Guiltcross Union Workhouse, designed by William Thorold, was erected in 1836-7 at Kenninghall, Norfolk. After its closure in 1902 the site was acquired by the Rev Harold Burden

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Rochdale Union Workhouse, Dearnley, Lancashire

Rochdale Union Workhouse, Dearnley, Lancashire
The approach to the Rochdale Union workhouse, opened in 1877 at Dearnley, near Rochdale, Lancashire. The site later became Birch Hill Hospital

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Withington Hospital, Manchester

Withington Hospital, Manchester
Entrance to Withington Hospital, Nell Lane, Manchester, opened in 1855 as Chorlton Union workhouse. A horse and carriage stands outside the gates

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Walton Hospital, Liverpool

Walton Hospital, Liverpool
Walton Hospital, Rice Lane, Walton on the Hill, Liverpool. The central clock tower concealed a large water storage tank. The building was designed by William Culshaw

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Union Workhouse and Infirmary, Crumpsall, Manchester

Union Workhouse and Infirmary, Crumpsall, Manchester
Aerial view of the Manchester Union workhouse and infirmary at Crumpsall. At the bottom of the picture can be seen the original workhouse (later Springfield Hospital) with an entrance on the right

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Congleton Union Workhouse, Arclid, Cheshire

Congleton Union Workhouse, Arclid, Cheshire
Aerial view of Congleton Union workhouse at Arclid, Sandbach, Cheshire. The building, erected in 1844-5, was designed by Henry Bowman. It later became Arclid Hospital

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Union Workhouse, Wokingham, Berkshire

Union Workhouse, Wokingham, Berkshire
The Wokingham Union workhouse, Berkshire. The workhouse, opened in 1850 on Barkham Road, Wokingham, later became Wokingham Hospital

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Union Workhouse, Wantage, Oxfordshire

Union Workhouse, Wantage, Oxfordshire
The Wantage Union workhouse, Oxfordshire. The workhouse, designed by Sampson Kempthorne, was erected in 1836 on Hungerford Road, Wantage, and later became the Downs Hospital

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Poplar Workhouse, East London

Poplar Workhouse, East London
A side view of one of the blocks of the Poplar Union workhouse, located on Poplar High Street, East London

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Christmas Day in the Workhouse

Christmas Day in the Workhouse
Illustration and opening verses of In the Workhouse: Christmas Day - better known as Christmas Day in the Workhouse, written by George R Sims in 1877

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Stobhill Hospital, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland

Stobhill Hospital, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
Stobhill Hospital was erected in 1903-4 at Springburn, Glasgow, by the citys poor law authority. It provided around 2000 beds for the infirm and chronically sick poor, and for children

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Union Workhouse, Todmorden, West Yorkshire

Union Workhouse, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
The Todmorden Union workhouse at Lee Bottom near Mankinholes, West Yorkshire, erected in 1877. The site later became Stansfield View Hospital

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hampshire

Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hampshire
The Training Ship Mercury was established in 1885 by the London philanthropist Charles Hoare. The ship, a barque previously named Illova, was originally moored at Binstead on the Isle of Wight

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Liberal Election Campaign Card, 1909

Liberal Election Campaign Card, 1909
A Liberal Party campaign card for the 1909 General Election. A grim image of an elderly couple heading for the workhouse is contrasted with the partys vision of sunlit fields of waving corn

Background imageWorkhouse Collection: Exminster Asylum, Devon

Exminster Asylum, Devon
The administrative building of the Exminster Asylum, opened in 1845 as the Devon County Lunatic Asylum. It was later known as the Devon County Mental Hospital, then as Exminster Hospital



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"Exploring the Historical Workhouses: A Glimpse into Lives of Struggle and Resilience" Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham: Once a workhouse, this hospital now stands as a testament to the transformation of care for the vulnerable in our society. A Plan of the town of Sheffield in the county of York drawn by W. Fairbank 1797. Engraved by Thomas Harris: This map reveals how workhouses were strategically placed within communities, serving as both a refuge and reminder of societal inequalities. Warwick County Mental Hospital, Hatton, Warwickshire: Formerly known as an asylum, this institution sheds light on evolving perspectives towards mental health treatment and compassion for those in need. Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent: Young boys once found themselves at this training ship's doorstep - their lives forever changed as they learned discipline and skills that would shape their futures amidst challenging circumstances. Busy street scene at Spitalfields, East End of London: In the heart of bustling London lies a poignant reminder of poverty-stricken neighborhoods where workhouses provided shelter but also perpetuated cycles of hardship. Manchester Warehousemen Orphan Schools, Cheadle Hulme: These schools offered hope to orphaned children who had lost everything – providing education and support to empower them with brighter prospects for tomorrow. Mount Pleasant Hotel Kings Cross London: Today a hotel; yesterday it housed weary souls seeking refuge from destitution – reminding us that even grand buildings have hidden histories waiting to be discovered. Knotting Class Training Ship Arethusa Greenhithe Kent: Onboard this training ship lay stories untold - young girls learning valuable skills while navigating through adversity on their journey towards independence. The Hollies Children's Home Sidcup Kent : Within these walls resided children longing for stability and love; their resilience and strength shaping the future they deserved.