Workhouse

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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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The workhouse is the proper place for him; let his kin claim him, if he's got any.
In the Workhouse, sir, the Union; no privacy, no visitors, no station, no respect, no speciality.
Upon my word, Miss Hepzibah, I doubt whether I've ever been so comfortable as I mean to be at my farm, which most folks call 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.
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.
Micawber's feelings would never allow him to dispose of them; and Clickett' - this was the girl from the workhouse - 'being of a vulgar mind, would take painful liberties if so much confidence was reposed in her.
I suppose the old ones went into the workhouse, and the young ones crowded the towns, and worked for men like my father in factories.
A lot of workhouses became hospitals because they provided care for the sick.
About 300 people had to be housed in neighbouring established workhouses.
The still-existing main building, which is to remain and is to be maintained as part of its Grade II listing, was one of the 19th century Victorian workhouses in the area.
Since workhouses were shut down it has been used as a military hospital, a Second World War base for soldiers and local council offices before it became derelict.