The Story of the Ludlow Workhouse, by Derek Williams

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The Story of the Ludlow Workhouse, by Derek Williams

The Story of the Ludlow Workhouse, by Derek Williams

Published by Logaston Press in 2014, 90 pages. Paperback (N6637)

From the rear side cover: This account of the Ludlow Union workhouse both tells its story and compares that story with what was happening elsewhere. Thus not only is the treatment of paupers or the education of children detailed, but whether that treatment was harsher or more caring, and the education better or more varied than that offered by other Unions.

It is clear that much depended upon the qualities of the Master and to a lesser extent the Matron (usually the Master’s wife) of the workhouse, and the views of the Guardians of the local Poor Law Board. The latter were often a mix of Anglican clergy with authoritarian views and farmers keen to see costs kept to a minimum, regardless of the consequences. Though the chairman of the board was drawn from this group, he (and it was always a he) often appeared to have more liberal views than his colleagues, probably because he had to react to the criticisms directed at the Ludlow Union from the central Poor Law Board in London.
Contents include:

The 1834 Reforms
Building and Opening the Ludlow Workhouse
The First Inmates
Growing up in the Workhouse
Changes in the Adult Workhouse
The Ludlow Masters and other Staff
The Change from Punishment to Care
The Guardians of the Ludlow Workhouse
The End of the Workhouse
Postscript: The Egan Report 1937

Condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a price printed and a small price sticker, both on the rear side cover.
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