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Basingstoke Workhouse

And Poor Law Union

By (author) Barbara Large
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 5th Sep 2016
Dimensions: w 157mm h 234mm d 13mm
Weight: 430g
ISBN-10: 0750962402
ISBN-13: 9780750962407
Barcode No: 9780750962407
Synopsis
This absorbing book explores all aspects of life in that feared institution, the workhouse. From the staff who lived and worked there to the poor souls kept in the medical wing, it reveals a side of Basingstoke that has long since been forgotten. It covers the problems of administration and oversight, the stresses and strains suffered by the new, untrained and inexperienced officers who had to make it work, and the sometimes excruciating difficulty of getting every detail sanctioned by London. It also details how caring for the destitute and unfortunate often depended on the personalities of the people in charge, and how the Poor Law Union became a whole new tier of local government, still operating today.

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