Paupers, Bastards and Lunatics - The Story of Conwy Workhouse, by Christopher Draper
Book published by Carreg Gwalch in 2005, 262 pages. Paperback (N5899)
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From the rear side cover: Conwy Workhouse was designed to imprison, discipline and punish the poor of northern Wales. In the words of one government adviser it was intended to "be a place of hardship, of coarse fare, of degradation and humility". The common people from Penmaenmawr to Llysfaen and from Llandudno to Dolgarrog lived with the constant fear of ending their days in the Workhouse. Poverty was sufficient qualification for incarceration in "Conwy Bastille" condemned to categorisation as a "Pauper", "Bastard" or "Lunatic".
This book uncovers the disturbing story of Conwy's Victorian Workhouse and its associated asylums, training ships and children's homes and traces the transportation and emigration of local paupers to Canada and Van Diemen's Land...