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About Peter Higginbotham
Peter Higginbotham became fascinated by the workhouse when, tracing his family history, he discovered that one of his forebears had died in such an institution. His extensive researches resulted in a number of books including the much-praised 'Workhouse Encyclopedia', 'Voices from the Workhouse', and 'A Grim Almanac of the Workhouse'.
His latest book, 'Workhouses of London and the South-East', is a richly illustrated survey of over than 600 establishments in London and the historical counties of Berkshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex.
One of his favourite previous works, 'The Workhouse Cookbook', is actually more of a history of the workhouse rather a recipe book but clearly confused bookshops who mostly filed it under "cookery" rather than "history"! It was followed by his entertaining history of the English prison system, 'The Prison Cookbook'.
Peter, who lives in West Yorkshire, has frequently contributed to magazines, radio and TV programmes such as "Who Do You Think You Are?" and "Heir Hunters".
Peter has also extensively researched the history of residential institutions for Britain's children. His 2017 book 'Children's Homes' surveys a wide variety of establishments covering charitably run orphanages, reformatories, industrial and approved schools, homes run by religious and occupational bodies, local authority homes, training ships, and institutions for children in poverty or with special needs.
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* Just as accessible and enjoyable for today's readers as it would have been when first published, the novel is one of the great works of English literature and continues to be widely read throughout the world.
* This meticulous digital edition from Heritage Illustrated Publishing is a faithful reproduction of the original text and is enhanced with images carefully selected by our team of professional editors.
The word 'workhouse' has a grim resonance even today, conjuring up a vision of the darker side of Victorian Britain. Almost every town had at least one workhouse, and most people dreaded ending up there.
Here we examine how workhouses came into being, what life was like for men, women and children on the wrong side of the poverty line, and how social attitudes evolved through the momentous events of Victorian Britain into the 20th century. Illustrated from contemporary and modern sources, this fact-filled guide presents an intriguing picture of a world of steam engines, self-help, service and salvation - where workhouse life, and workhouse reform, influenced attitudes and services we now take for granted.
- Includes a specially written illustrated history of the casual ward
'On the Road' makes available in a single volume three major first-hand accounts of visits to the casual wards (overnight accommodation for tramps, vagrants and other wayfarers) at dozens of English workhouses between 1928 and 1935. Its shocking revelations about the treatment of the inmates of these institutions led to material improvements in conditions. The book includes an illustrated introduction to the casual ward by Peter Higginbotham, a well-known author and researcher on the the workhouse system.
(Note - contents previously published under title 'Melon Cauliflowers'.)