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"Exploring the Forgotten Lives: Workhouses and their Impact on Society" Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe

Background imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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 imageWorkhouses 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

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: Highwood School, Brentwood, Essex

Highwood School, Brentwood, Essex
The administration block at Highwood (or High Wood) School, Brentwood, Essex. The school was opened by the Metropolitan Asylums Board in 1904 for the treatment of ophthalmia in children

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: Highwood Hospital, Brentwood, Essex

Highwood Hospital, Brentwood, Essex
Aerial view of Highwood (or High Wood) Hospital, Brentwood, Essex, used for the care of children with tuberculosis. The site was originally opened by the Metropolitan Asylums Board in 1904 for

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: Barming Asylum, Maidstone, Kent

Barming Asylum, Maidstone, Kent
The main building of Barming Asylum located on Hermitage Lane, Barming Heath, Maidstone, Kent, opened in around 1833. Also known as the Kent County Lunatic Asylum, then renamed Oakwood Hospital

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: Union Workhouse, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Union Workhouse, Halifax, West Yorkshire
The Halifax Union workhouse on Gibbet Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire. After 1930, it became St Johns Public Assistance Institution

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: Henstead Union Workhouse, Swainsthorpe, Norfolk

Henstead Union Workhouse, Swainsthorpe, Norfolk
The driveway up to Henstead Union workhouse at Swainsthorpe, Norfolk. The building, erected in 1836, was designed by John Brown

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: Ladywell Lodge, Lewisham, south east London

Ladywell Lodge, Lewisham, south east London
Aerial view of Ladywell Lodge, a residential institution for the elderly, near Lewisham, in south east London. The site was formerly St Olaves Union workhouse, designed by Newman & Newman

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: Union Workhouse Infirmary, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Union Workhouse Infirmary, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
The Dewsbury Union workhouse infirmary on Healds Road at Staincliffe, West Yorkshire. The workhouse opened in around 1856, with a large infirmary erected in 1895

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: Banstead Asylum, Surrey

Banstead Asylum, Surrey
Banstead Asylum, located on Sutton Lane, Banstead, Surrey, was established in 1877 as the Middlesex County Lunatic Asylum

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: St Giles Hospital, Camberwell, London

St Giles Hospital, Camberwell, London
The administrative offices of Camberwell St Giles Hospital, formerly part of the Camberwell workhouse on Havil Street, now St Giles Road, south east London

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: Halifax Workhouse 1901

Halifax Workhouse 1901
A birdseye view of the workhouse infirmary at Halifax, Yorkshire

Background imageWorkhouses Collection: Market Hill and former workhouse, Maldon

Market Hill and former workhouse, Maldon
A view of Market Hill, Maldon, Essex. The large building at the left is the Maldon Unions former workhouse. Date: circa 1900



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"Exploring the Forgotten Lives: Workhouses and their Impact on Society" Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent: Witnessing discipline and resilience in action as young boys learn essential skills aboard the Training Ship Arethusa. Busy street scene at Spitalfields, East End of London: A glimpse into the bustling streets of Spitalfields where workhouses stood as a stark reminder of poverty's grip on society. Mount Pleasant Hotel, Kings Cross, London: Unveiling the hidden history behind this grand hotel turned workhouse that once provided shelter for those in desperate need. Knotting Class, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent: Discovering how intricate knotting techniques taught onboard the Training Ship Arethusa empowered young minds with practical skills for life. Manchester Warehousemen Orphan Schools, Cheadle Hulme: Delving into the heartwarming stories of orphans finding solace and education within these walls – a beacon of hope amidst adversity. The Hollies Childrens Home, Sidcup, Kent: Reflecting on the nurturing environment created at The Hollies Childrens Home to provide care and support for vulnerable children in Kent. North Wales Lunatic Asylum, Denbigh, North Wales: Peering into the haunting past of an asylum that aimed to heal but often left scars – shedding light on mental health treatment throughout history. Asylum Lodge Devizes Wiltshire: Uncovering tales from within Asylum Lodge – a sanctuary meant to offer refuge but sometimes became a prison for those deemed "mad. " Banstead Asylum Surrey & Stone Asylum Aylesbury Buckinghamshire: Comparing two contrasting institutions designed to house individuals struggling with mental health issues - exploring their approaches towards healing and rehabilitation. Guinness Lodging Houses Lever Street London.