Women in Work House picking oakum. The Work Houses signified the end of the line. It was either prostitution or the Work House, sometimes both. How sad, for we don't know what brought them to this point.
Found on Birmingham History Forum: "I worked on one as a bread roundsmans assistant for a short while in the mid fifties. It was based at Stetchford Co-op Bakery and the round I was on was Shard End which meant we had to go over the noisy Bailey Bridge twice a day."