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.
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.
Publisher: The History Press Ltd