The Workhouse, Southwell, Southwell

Discover the most complete workhouse in existence. Find out about the Reverend Becher, the founder of The Workhouse and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the building. Learn about the true stories of the 19th-century poor, brought to life by real archive evidence. Discover how society dealt with poverty through the centuries right up to the modern day. Explore the segregated work yards, day rooms, dormitories, master's quarters and cellars, then see the recreated working 19th-century garden and find out what food the paupers would have eaten.
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  • The National Trust again have managed to preserve this original workhouse. Walking in the steps of others is enhanced at Southwell workhouse by film, storytelling, artefacts, and experiencing a well m...  more »
  • Free to NT members, lots of parking. This was more interesting than I thought it would be. Basically only the building remains, all records and contents disappeared when the place was bought for devel...  more »
  • The Workhouse on which others were modelled! Well maintained, using historical skills, and alterations tasteful and intelligent. The lives of the paupers were vividly conveyed - and I couldn't help fe...  more »
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  • We had a great time here - got in just before last entry (4pm) and went fairly swiftly around the whole place. Could have easily spent considerably more time here. Absolutely fascinating presentation, and topical debate provoked through the information boards. We hope to return some day!
  • National trust place. Original workhouse now preserved. Some rooms have been dressed, while other rooms are in the original state after they were stopped being used. Surprising to see some flats for homeless mothers and children which were still being used in the '70s.
  • Really interesting place. Was a change from looking around luxurious National Trust houses. Was very humbling. Very well done
  • So absorbing we spent hours here. Fantastic tour of the outbuildings. Informative for all ages. Very thought provoking.
  • Very interesting to hear and see how a workhouse operated. It must have been a tough life, but better than starving to death! The welcome your which starts an hour before the site is open is a must.

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