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The Workhouse 1

The Workhouse at Southwell in Nottinghamshire was the blueprint for all the workhouses in this country. It was opened in 1824 and although workhouses finally went in 1948 with the birth of the welfare state this one was still in use in the 70s as accommodation for single mothers.

I have a feeling our beloved politicians would secretly love to go back to treating people as they did in the workhouse

The Workhouse 1

The Workhouse at Southwell in Nottinghamshire was the blueprint for all the workhouses in this country. It was opened in 1824 and although workhouses finally went in 1948 with the birth of the welfare state this one was still in use in the 70s as accommodation for single mothers.

I have a feeling our beloved politicians would secretly love to go back to treating people as they did in the workhouse

comments (25)

I like your treatment of this Bill, very effective in emphasising its mimimalism.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Fred
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jul 2012, 00:25
This is a stunning image Bill!
and shhhh!..'CameCleggo' may here you,,,smile
Bill Phillips: cheers SAVO. I think Clegg will have to join the Tories after the next election because he ain't no Liberal grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Jul 2012, 01:35
I like the pegs on the wall...for constraining the kids, I suppose?
Bill Phillips: Yes, hang them up nice and tidy
Most excellent image Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Ma'am!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 30 Jul 2012, 06:13
I exepct this was always quite bare with the poor having few possessions. Perhaps a few pallets to sleep on?
Bill Phillips: I would think so. Sadly none of the original furniture has survived and the trust has, wisely in my view, resisted the temptation to stuff the rooms full of irrelevant stuff
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 30 Jul 2012, 06:30
A well taken photograph Bill. I like the separation of the figure and the chair.
Bill Phillips: a rarity for me a picture that some thought went into
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Jul 2012, 07:02
A fine & subtle image Blackbear
Bill Phillips: I am obliged to you Sir Tiff of Bath
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Jul 2012, 07:09
This is a fabulous shot, LOVE the light in it. Great choice of the B&W.
Bill Phillips: Thank you very much Lady P
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Jul 2012, 07:18
a very dark and ascetic, but sensitive looking photo (Chad said all)- your information is interesting and I would like to know more about this and other workhouses - Friday's opening ceremony displayed the charity activities and hospitality in GB, too.
Bill Phillips: They form an interesting part of our social history and I learned a lot when we were there. Ange read a book recently about a Workhouse in St Helens
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Jul 2012, 07:36
The dark, somber feel suits the mood perfectly, Bill!
Bill Phillips: They were not a place you would have wanted to be Ginnie
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jul 2012, 08:19
This is one I would be proud of Bill, the light just catching the seated invigilator is masterful.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Mike. I like the idea of Ange as an invigilator!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jul 2012, 09:34
This stark image is very atmospheric
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much Anne. This place is well worth a visit
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jul 2012, 10:29
Back to the dark ages Bill like how you caught the light on the figure on the left.
Bill Phillips: the workhouse was not somewhere you would want to be
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Jul 2012, 11:00
Excellent Bill - one for the likey collection. To workhouse or not - in certain areas the other choice was death by hunger and if you stole bread, you will be sentenced to become an Australian. Not much choices ...
Bill Phillips: what surprised me was that it was not until the advent of the welfare state after WW2 that the workhouses finally ceased.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk till the end of the month.
  • 30 Jul 2012, 12:17
Of course, the workhouse was the end of the line for many unfortunates. But I see this as the beginning of a new and fruitful line for you Bill
Bill Phillips: A short series from the Workhouse Richard which I hope you will enjoy
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Jul 2012, 12:19
Very creative, Bill. B&W suits. Perhaps if we made slightly less comfortable for single parents, parents there may be less single parents at some point?
Bill Phillips: I doubt it Alan
Stark, very appropriate for the workhouse smile No doubt NHS reform will help to get rid of some of the surplus population.
Bill Phillips: I think the long term plan is for people to work until they are 70 and then die within 6 months of retiring. Trouble is most people get made redundant in their 50s and are then regarded as too old by potential employers.......
Here they didn't have money for electricity either.
Bill Phillips: Mind you when they built this place they made sure they used top quality materials. The reasoning was simple. The local Parishes were responsible for the upkeep so by building it well they didn't have to spend a lot on maintenance. Compare that with the rubbish they chuck up now!
A very moving image, Bill; expertly captured & presented. Let's hope the politicians never have the opportunity to return to those inhumane times..
Bill Phillips: There was a measure of good intention, a refuge for the deserving poor but a place you would not want to be if you were able to work. however, the reality was that they were trying to save money on the cost of the poor law relief. similar to now really. They make pious noises about the poor whilst cutting benefits at the same time as allowing the rich to avoid paying their fair share of tax.
Awe.....very atmospheric Bill and lifted with the highlight.....seems very apt for the subject smile
Bill Phillips: Thanks Martin. I felt it had to be b&w
A very good image Bill, excellent to start this series with. I told Maureen that you recommend a visit here, we will go one day.
Bill Phillips: If you do use the audio guide they give you. It is something I'm not always keen on but here it really works
You are getting better at this Bill, i can see some detail in it.
Bill Phillips: Good grief...not too much i hope
I don't think there's any doubt about your last sentence, Bill!
  • Penny
  • past my bedtime
  • 31 Jul 2012, 13:09
Great pic Bill - love the lighting and the shadows. It has a real atmosphere about it - not a room I'd like to spend time in!
Stark and quite moving, this.

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