Aka Houses of industry and Union Workhouse. These were public institutions and houses of shelter for the poor and destitute of the parish, who were given work to do in return for their food and keep.
It was a place of detention and admonishment for those who failed to meet the Victorian standards of morals and enterprise.
The sick and infirm were often taken into the workhouse for medical care.
Mothers were often sent to the workhouse to give birth to an illegitimate child.
The workhouse was run by the Workhouse Master and the Workhouse Matron.
There were several local workhouses:
Barkisland Workhouse Bentley Royd, Sowerby Lightcliffe Workhouse Brighouse Workhouse Carr Green Workhouse, Langfield Mr Eastwood Elland with Greetland Workhouse Erringden Workhouse Gauxholme Workhouse Great Scausby, Bradshaw Halifax Union Workhouse, Gibbet Street Halifax Workhouse Heptonstall Workhouse Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse Workhouse Langfield Workhouse Midgley Workhouse Norland Workhouse
Northowram Workhouse Old Poor House, Barkisland Ovenden Workhouse Popples Bottom, Slack Rastrick Workhouse Shelf Workhouse Skircoat Workhouse Southowram Workhouse Sowerby Workhouse Soyland Workhouse Stainland Workhouse Stansfield Workhouse Todmorden Union Workhouse Union Workhouse Upper Reap Hurst, Warley Wadsworth Workhouse Warley Workhouse
See Brabazon Employment Society, Gilbert Union, Halifax Board of Guardians, Indoor Relief, Parish Relief, Poor Law Union, Prison, Relieving Officer and Union Workhouse
Malcolm Bull 2017 /
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