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National Trust The Workhouse

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Visitors to the 19th-century workhouse in Nottinghamshire, can discover the thought-provoking story of the ‘welfare’ system of the New Poor Law.

The Workhouse, in the town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England, is a museum operated by the National Trust. It is a typical 19th century workhouse, built in response to the New Poor Law of 1834, and is described by the National Trust as the best-preserved workhouse in England.

The acquisition of The Workhouse reflected the National Trust’s wish to broaden its interests and to ensure the continued existence of a Grade II* listed building that was potentially to be turned into residential flats.

Restoration work began with roof repairs in 2000 and is ongoing. Many rooms have been redecorated as they would have looked in the 19th century and buildings, walls and privies, which had been demolished in the 20th century, have been reinstated.

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