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    Sculcoates Workhouse

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    What was a workhouse? The word alone was calculated to send a shudder down the spine of any honest 19th century worker. It signified the end of the line, the final indignity. It said: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. If you were poverty stricken, an unwanted orphan, or an impoverished widow, if you were too old to work, or you were sick or deranged, you could end up in the dreaded union workhouse. The Poor Law of 1601 made the welfare of the poor the responsibility of parish councils. The

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    A Guide to a Workhouse

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    A Guide to a Workhouse The buildings themselves were dreary, undecorated, prison-like structures. There were no curves only sharp corners. There was no architectural decoration. High walls surrounded the whole workhouse, cutting off the view of the outside world from the inmates. Even the windows were six feet from the floor, and a further 'adaptation' was to have the window sills sloping downwards, preventing them from being used as seats of shelves. If heating was provided it was useless

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    The Southwell Workhouse

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    The Southwell Workhouse The southwell workhouse was built in 1834, introducing a harsh and revolutionary system that was designed to cut the cost of caring for the poor. This system was later adopted adopted across a national network of over 600 workhouses. In this essay I will explain how life was in the southwell workhouse and how paupers were treated there back in the 19th century. The workhouse was built in southwell after the poorlaw amendment act was passed in 1834. The building

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    The Conditions of Workhouses for Children After the Poor Law Amendment Act Source Based In this essay I will be finding out how useful source J, K and L are in helping to understand how terrible conditions were for children in workhouses subsequent to the Poor Law Amendment Act. Firstly I will be using source J. Source J is an extract from a minute book of the Board of Guardians from Gressenhall workhouse and was written in 1841. This source contains information of a meeting, which was

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    Cold Reality of Workhouses Depicted in Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist Imagine abruptly woken to the harsh sounds of demanding yelling and screaming only to find yourself still shivering from the lack of hole-filled sheets that they call blankets.  Feeling fatigued from another sleepless night and faintly from the malnutrition, you eagerly await your habitual serving of gruel for breakfast.  Extremely weak from the meager portion, the never-ending day begins as you are led to do various different

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    The Controversy Over the Workhouse System in the 1830's and 1840's In this essay I will be studying sources F, G, H and I and using my own knowledge to show why there was so much controversy over the workhouse system, in the 1830's and 1840's. Now that there was no outdoor relief paupers had to go into the workhouses, like Gressenhall. The workhouse clothed and fed the paupers. The paupers were treated unfairly and lost their liberty and freedom. Due to these conditions many people had

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    explain how Gressenhall Workhouse, situated in Norfolk, was made an uninviting place subsequent to 1834, and also how it was successful in doing this. The Gressenhall workhouse was severely affected by the 1834 poor law amendment act, as previously the workhouse was relatively relaxed but then it had to adapt to the new government requirements, saying that the workhouses were to be as grim as possible. So in order to do these, new changes had to occur. The workhouse had to be expanded to

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    poor Law system in Britain. In their report published in 1834, the Commission made several recommendations to Parliament. As a result, the Poor Law Amendment Act was passed. Indoor relief in workhouses replaced outdoor relief (money or goods, that enabled the poor to stay in their own homes), and workhouses were made repellent to encourage the able bodied to maintain themselves and their families. The major aim of the New Poor Law was to deter people from claiming poor relief and at the very heart

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    Ebenezer Scrooge was a very selfish man that felt as though he gave enough. Dickens shows his feeling towards giving donations, when two men asked him to donate to the workhouses Scrooge says, “I wish to be left alone...I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishment I mentioned -- they cost enough”(Dickens 14). Scrooge does not care about people and

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    Uckfield. This source was written in the same year that the New Poor Law was applied to Uckfield. In the years 1831, 1832 and 1833, £1386 was being spent on the workhouse but £836 less was being spent when the new poor law was introduced. Also, because the conditions were made worse, more people wanted to get out of the workhouse and get employed, whereas before, people stayed in to get relief. The weather also helps to show the impact because when the weather was cold and poor, before the

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