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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Southwell Workhouse and Poor Law Union Papers now available online

The National Archives and The National Trust are launching a new online resource for general, family, and local historians, which brings to life the conditions of a Victorian workhouse. For the first time you can view these previously long forgotten records online and piece together history from a time when Britain was the workshop of the world! The digitised records form part of the underused and poorly catalogued 'poor law union correspondence', from the huge Ministry of Health archive held at The National Archives in Kew, covering the period 1834 to 1871. They provide fascinating and vivid details of the sometimes sad and gruesome lives of the local poor people in north Nottinghamshire

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