An old workhouse looms in the distance. When the poor entered the workhouses, families would be separated, many never to see one another again, as well known, charlie chaplin grew up within one of these horrible places
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.
A Comprehensive History of the Workhouse by Peter Higginbotham
Aylesbury parish workhouse rules, The regime was deliberately harsh in part to discourage the work shy. Poverty was seen as a sin and therefore some believed the inmates should be punished merely because they were destitute.