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Possibly because of Dicken's famous portrayal of Oliver Twist, Format A5 Booklet
the popular perception of the Victorian Workhouse is of a grim Pages 55
and uncaring institution in which little compassion was shown Illustration 19 B & W
for the large numbers of young, blameless unfortunates who Price £4.99 + £2.00 P & P
found themselves within its walls.
June Whitehead's evocative study of children’s experiences in
Ulverston is an attempt to unravel the truth behind this image. June Whitehead
Through it we gain vivid insights into the lives of the children firstname.lastname@example.org
involved and the attitudes of those who were responsible for or
ensuring that they had as good a start in life as possible. She Charles Rowntree
paints a moving picture of a local authority struggling to deal email@example.com
humanely with large numbers of local children who had no one
else to care for them.
As well as caring for them in the workhouse itself, they placed
them in orphanages and training schools elsewhere in the North
West, found them jobs in local industries such as bobbin making
and even considered emigration to provide them with a new life.
Although the solutions adopted were very different from those
we see today the issues which the authorities faced are very
This is a fascinating insight, not just into a forgotten aspect of
Ulverston's past, but into the much maligned Poor Law and the
lives of pauper children.
Dr Michael Winstanley