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WORKHOUSE. A prison where prisoners are kept in employment; a penitentiary. A house provided where the poor are taken care of, and kept in employment.

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They've got you every way you turn: it's a choice between the Skilly of the workhouse and the Char Bydis of the middle class; and I haven't the nerve for the workhouse.
Such too, to a greater or less extent, is the condition of the operatives of every denomination in England, which is the great workhouse of the world.
The result was, that, after a few struggles, Oliver breathed, sneezed, and proceeded to advertise to the inmates of the workhouse the fact of a new burden having been imposed upon the parish, by setting up as loud a cry as could reasonably have been expected from a male infant who had not been possessed of that very useful appendage, a voice, for a much longer space of time than three minutes and a quarter.
If she were captured previously, the money would be taken from her as a pauper who had no right to it, and she would be carried to the accursed workhouse.
In hollow voices from Workhouse, Hospital, and jail, this truth is preached from day to day, and has been proclaimed for years.
As Jonathan Reinarz and Leonard Schwarz observe, workhouses provided spaces where physicians could secure employment and offer care to impoverished patients who suffered from a range of physical and mental conditions.
Bioarchaeologist Dr Jonny Geber, from University College Cork, looked at the suffering of children who lost their parents in the Famine or who were taken from their mothers in the workhouses.
Our Victorian masters used the workhouses as a punishment for poverty.
It's still looks a pretty grim place even now, although no doubt some Victorian moralists thought having workhouses were a soft option which encouraged fecklessness among the poor.
In their heyday, if you can call it that, there were 700 workhouses in England - the largest of them holding up to 1,000 people at a time, and it's no secret that life in these places was no picnic.
In their heyday, if you can call it that, there were nearly 80 poorhouses in Scotland and 700 workhouses in England - the largest of them holding 1000 people at a time, and it's no secret that life was no picnic.