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BOOK - Sheffield Workhouse [England]
By Michelle Higgs
Published by The History Press, Gloucestershire, UK (2011)

Softcover... 29.95 (C$)

The records of the Sheffield Workhouse were destroyed in the bombing of Sheffield during the Second World War. However, using archive material, newspaper reports and the remaining Guardians’ minutes from 1890, this book reveals the full story of this feared local institution.

Famously contentious, the Sheffield Board of Guardians often went against the wishes of the Local Government Board, and even of their own workhouse staff. Meanwhile, whilst battle raged in the Boardroom, the paupers of Sheffield struggled to survive inside the bleak walls of the various city workhouses, where overcrowding, hunger and disease were ever-present. Some of the more fortunate (and perhaps less scrupulous) paupers, however, spotted loopholes in the system – and exploited them to the limit. Now, for the first time, the long-forgotten lives of the staff and inmates who spent their days in these dread institutions of the past are explored.

Contents include:
  • Introduction
  • The Early Workhouse
  • Overseers and Relieving Officers
  • Kelham Street and Fir Vale Workhouses
  • Guardians of the Poor
  • Hollow Meadows and Doe Royd Farms
  • Pitsmoor Schools
  • Medical officers of Health
  • Masters and Matrons
  • Children in the Workhouse
  • Scattered Homes
  • The Dark Side of the Workhouse
  • Imbeciles and Lunatics
  • The Workhouse Inmates
  • Index of Paupers in the Sheffield Workhouse
  • Potential Sources for Family Historians
  • Bibliography
Concentrating on the fascinating history of Sheffield’s main workhouse, which moved from West Bar to Kelham Street and then to Fir Vale, as well as on the strange and wonderful history of the city’s workhouse schools and farms, Sheffield Workhouse will captivate residents and visitors alike.

159 Pages
6 X 9"
Table of Contents
Bibliography Photos and Illustrations
Published by The History Press, Gloucestershire, UK (2011)
ISBN: 9780752459639

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