What Was Life Really Like In A Victorian Workhouse? | Secrets From The Workhouse | Absolute History

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In Victorian England, the Workhouse formed the basis of society. The poor and destitute entered Workhouses to receive free health care and food. But in a society that viewed poverty as a crime, these workhouses were never meant to comfort. It was a means to punish the destitute and encourage future independence. In this two-part documentary, several UK celebrities explore how their ancestors survived the difficult environment of the Workhouse and discover some unexpected family secrets that shock and inspire them in turn.
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Liz727 10 aylar önce
My great aunt, born 1903, was terrified to the day she died about ending up in the workhouse. Not that she was ever in it, and she eventually had a good job as a forewoman in a shirt factory in Derry, Northern Ireland, but what she saw happening to others in her lifetime remained with her forever. God rest her and all souls who lived through those terrible times.
Sarah Sunshine
Sarah Sunshine 8 aylar önce
I can only imagine the fear that she must’ve felt! Along with everybody else who came from that time period. Thank God she didn’t end up in the same situation as all those other people who did
tracey 7 aylar önce
My nan was the same the local work house ended up our local hospital and she got very upset about having to in their even thou it was no longer the work house
Laurie B
Laurie B 7 aylar önce
@tracey just her knowing the horrors would likely be enough to never want to be there 🥺
C Bizzle
C Bizzle 7 aylar önce
If you go to it your traumatized for life and if you don't your as traumatized from fear
Tommy Payne
Tommy Payne 5 aylar önce
My grandma too.
Jacquie Tremain
Jacquie Tremain 11 aylar önce
My mother Peggy missed out on the workhouse by being placed in an orphanage run by a church. The nuns were so cruel. Peggy was in the orphanage from 9 till 18.she could not leave at the usual 16 as all her mother and step father could offer was a mattress in a celler. It affected her for her whole life. Broken families and poverty ruin generations.
Adrianne Spring
Adrianne Spring 11 aylar önce
Sssooo much.
Anya 10 aylar önce
I‘m so sorry. One would think nuns are sweet, caring and loving people. Your poor mother. 💕
Kelly Snider
Kelly Snider 10 aylar önce
@Anya I'm afraid the more we learn the more we realize it was just the opposite.
John Smith
John Smith 8 aylar önce
100% true. Intergeneration trauma plagues the world.
Dee Mccarthy
Dee Mccarthy Yıl önce
My lovely mum was in a work/poor house in Staffordshire from 1941 when she was 12 until 1944 when she was 15. Even today mum cannot talk about it. Both her parents had died and that's why she was sent there. She was from a very poor family so that was bad enough. Now and again she will speak of what happened and then gets so upset she cannot carry on. I feel so sad for my mum and others that were forced to live in those awful places. I count my blessings every single day.
RRodriguez Yıl önce
I’m so sorry for your Mama, she was just a girl. God bless you, sister 🙏🏽♥️🙏🏽
Dee Mccarthy
Dee Mccarthy Yıl önce
Thank you Rhea. God bless you to🙏
Stephanie Panagopoulos
Stephanie Panagopoulos Yıl önce
I'm so very sorry for your mum's pain and suffering.
Dee Mccarthy
Dee Mccarthy Yıl önce
Thank you Stephanie. Your very kind.🙏
stacy youst
stacy youst Yıl önce
Is she well enough to try treatments for trauma I wonder?
Nikki Oliver
Nikki Oliver 7 aylar önce
When I was growing up, a common phrase I’d hear from my family was “ you don’t want to end up in the poor house!” I never really grasped exactly what that meant. Now I understand how much of a threat, a scary thing that actually could be.
Karen Reiter
Karen Reiter 7 aylar önce
Yes, me too. “ The poorhouse is right around the corner” was a common phrase in my home. The poorhouse was the Irish version of the workhouse.
Wendy Price
Wendy Price 7 aylar önce
Yea , same exact thing . Wow , it was a terrible threat - thank goodness we didn’t really understand as children!
The Stuff Hutt
The Stuff Hutt 5 aylar önce
I heard that before too...
Anna Vallone
Anna Vallone 4 aylar önce
Me too.
Dev 3 gün önce
Yup. Right after go cut me a switch (sp?)
Ariel Koubi
Ariel Koubi 10 aylar önce
I am not from a British decent and have no relatives that went through this system however, this documentary made me cry and realize that as a private citizen in my own community I am not doing enough for those in need. Things are about to change.
Cheryl Joseph
Cheryl Joseph 8 aylar önce
Good for you.God bless.
Rebecca RP Webb
Rebecca RP Webb 8 aylar önce
I feel the same way .help others while we still can. Bless this comment. Thank you .
Michelle M
Michelle M 7 aylar önce
O how blessed we are even when we struggle to keep afloat.l cried too.this truly changed my life.l pray l can be a blessing to someone one day.no matter the cost.
col sho
col sho 7 aylar önce
As sad as it is this is the answer to homelessness and addiction. It would need to be reformed to the extreme but w place where people have a clean warm place to be where they over come addiction and health issues learn a trade while working at public well vices jobs like cleaning up streets and other not jobs that a person would wish to continue at but a way to pay back the support they receive. Also to have a step up for mentally I’ll where they receive the care they need. Those that can be moved to caring for themselves helped towards that the ones that will need care set up in permanent care humane care over seen by the families and friends. But to say is easy to do never seems to work out.
BusyMama Yıl önce
This video opened a window to my family’s past. Now I understand why the worst thing for them was being “sent to the poor house” . How many times did I hear my grandparents say this! For the lower classes this was a very real reality that had a huge impact on them psychologically even if they never entered the doors. Now my question is whether or not any of my ancestors actually did end up there. I think the answer is most likely yes.
Katie Barber
Katie Barber Yıl önce
sadly very little has changed
PJ Green
PJ Green Yıl önce
It’s a lot like prison
Claudette Gerety
Claudette Gerety Yıl önce
I was told this too “we are going to the Poor House.” It scared the life out of me. That was in the late 60’s. My father said it, he was probley repeating his parents.
Patrick Tarango
Patrick Tarango Yıl önce
No king
Faye Reeve
Faye Reeve Yıl önce
A relative of mine was in the poor house The great great grandfather became to wealth My great grandmother married below her social standard her father was outraged he had spent years working hard putting all the children in private school .HE shunned her with anger stating to her she had disappointed him bringing children back into poverty that the family had worked so hard for to keep out off funny thing is my grate grandmother line has a lot of poverty init today her siblings off spring all have a very good middle middle high class living standards my grate grandmother all ways told me to marry for love not money my grandmother how ever say marry a man with money who can make money a comfortable life is wealth with good health no money brings poor health if a man cannot provide expects you to pay live life on your own your have more to carry one person is better than to carry two.
jade fire
jade fire 8 aylar önce
Now I know why my Grandparents always said, "Turn out that light! Do you want us to end up in the poorhouse!?" It actually sounds worse than being homeless in the open air. We are *SO* incredibly blessed, even spoiled, nowadays. Even those of us with very little money aren't as bad off as the people then.
Laurie B
Laurie B 7 aylar önce
Exactly! When I realized I live better than a king did only a couple hundred years ago... 😵‍💫 So grateful for all my blessings!
Tori Love Byrd
Tori Love Byrd 7 aylar önce
I’ve always wondered why people had to be reminded that others have/had it bad in order to be grateful for what they have, and why people think having basic human rights is being spoiled. As if being loved properly in the first place shouldn’t be the standard😒
jade fire
jade fire 7 aylar önce
@Tori Love Byrd It *should* be the standard. But it's not silly to be reminded or to realize that throughout the majority of human history this has *not* been the standard.
Wendy Price
Wendy Price 7 aylar önce
I never thought about it that way-it was worse than being homeless in the open air!
pinkpugginz 7 aylar önce
@Tori Love Byrd 100%
OkieTeacher 10 aylar önce
So much tragedy, trauma, and despair. But in the sadness, stories of small victories. Hannah (Chaplin’s mother), rescued from an asylum, lived in luxury with her son during her last 7 years. Carter Friend was able to fight to the age of 91 and be buried with dignity by family. Patrick did get to see his sons, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. Little bits of sunshine for these innocent people trying to make it through life against a hateful society and stigma.
Missy 16 gün önce
That's what the documentary says.
yaxofossiad Yıl önce
I am American but I read Jennifer Worth's books many years ago. One is about the workhouses and throughout the other books many patients also live and work there. I was honestly so struck by it all and just how behind America is with the working poor. When my dad passed, if not for his brother we would have had to get a loan to have him cremated. This video was so interesting and well done
stich clark
stich clark 11 aylar önce
If you can't afford it the state does pay for burial in the US
nancy smith
nancy smith 11 aylar önce
@stich clark are you sure
Sarah S
Sarah S 11 aylar önce
@nancy smith i know. i thought theu were cremated and put in a little box. I watched a documentary or something about so many people who are nameless or homeless or too poor and they were burnt and put in some sort of a filing system. I seen that someone took all the bòxes and did a mass burial. Sorry so vague it's been awhile..
M 6 aylar önce
@stich clark it depends on the county. Where I’m at there’s a potter’s field so to speak for the homeless, John / Jane Does/ super poor families that can’t afford burial plots. The county cremates them and inters their remains in this small plot of land. It’s not a nice place compared to other cemeteries. It’s very much a place to get rid of bodies rather than remember people and their lives.
SoulDevoured 6 aylar önce
@nancy smith yes they do it's just hard to get any form of welfare in America. By design. It's often hard just to get info. By design. But yes the state will financially assist you. You don't get to choose burial or cremation, you get what's most economical for your area. Most developed countries have some form of welfare for burial because all developed countries want human remains properly disposed of.
La Bitcoinera GT
La Bitcoinera GT 9 aylar önce
This episode was so heartbreaking but I loved the journey of their ancestors into the hearts of their descendants so long after. Brian Cox’s story was specially beautiful. He got to know that his great grandpa got this meet his mother when she was a little girl. That’s precious and such a reward for Patrick! ❤️
Tranquilsea 3 aylar önce
This was heart breaking to watch. My 3x great grandfather was born in a workhouse in Cornwall in 1834. The family story that was told was that his mother and father were in love and wanted to get married but one (or both) of their families wouldn't allow it. My 4x great grandmother was then sent to a workhouse to have the baby. After she had the baby she registered the birth with the local church and listed my 4x great grandfather as the father. At some point someone from his family went to the church and had the pastor cross out his name. Her baby was taken from her at some point. He was sent out and fostered with a lady. Two years later she was back in the workhouse and had a second son that she named the same name she gave the first son. That fact has always sort of bothered me. But I understand it now. Her child had been taken away from her and she was trying to replace him. Her first child eventually immigrated to Canada. His father eventually claimed him. The next clue I have about her is she witnessed a marriage when she was about 42. I have no other information on her. I cannot imagine that her life was okay.
R D Yıl önce
"Poverty regarded as a crime." This sentiment hasn't changed. Same as the idea that it's the fault of said person for being poor. The only real difference is that the poor aren't dissected to repay their so-called debt to society. Mostly.
K_J_ N
K_J_ N Yıl önce
Eris🦇 Mana
Eris🦇 Mana 11 aylar önce
* eye roll
Barbie Sherman
Barbie Sherman 11 aylar önce
Wow yes that country is very very mean to its people and has been doing it for centuries
Toni Remer
Toni Remer Yıl önce
My husband and myself took in Charlie Chaplin's great-nephew. Let me tell you all, this man is 84 years young, been through Hell and back, and he's the most kindest, sweetest, generous, compassionate, warmest, down to Earth, smart, and a military vet. I LOVE learning historical events, people, and crimes. It's intriguing. There are many, many things that are taught on here that history classes simply cannot do it justice. I hope that everyone is having a wonderful, relaxing and safe weekend. God bless all of you, and your loved ones.
P Harger
P Harger Yıl önce
Hi, what do you mean “took in”..? Just curious, thanks
Cathy L
Cathy L 11 aylar önce
Seems to me he had other family members out there. Why wouldn't they have taken him in??? Goes to show how money can change a family, not always for the better.
Cathy L
Cathy L 11 aylar önce
@P Harger it means gave him a place to live.
P Harger
P Harger 11 aylar önce
@Cathy L right, sure, but why would his great nephew have been in need of a place to live, or homeless, or what…?
Cathy L
Cathy L 11 aylar önce
@P Harger good question
Brittney Clemens
Brittney Clemens 3 aylar önce
I love stumbling across history videos. I can’t believe this isn’t something that is taught in our history class. It’s crazy that this went on for such a long period of time as well.
MuricaPhuckyeah! 3 aylar önce
I agree.
Coffee, Chats and Walks
Coffee, Chats and Walks 5 aylar önce
It's so beautiful to see people so affected and with the ability to feel (empathy) for people from long ago who they neither knew or met
Wendy Greidanus
Wendy Greidanus 17 gün önce
I couldn't agree more. I think that's what affected me the most---the empathy that these people felt for their ancestors. I found it quite touching.
Mona V
Mona V 6 aylar önce
I live in America. I came across the video by chance and decided to watch it. I had never even heard of the "Poor House" as being a real place. My siblings and I grew up really poor, but we never were so poor that we went hungry for very long and we always had a roof over our heads. We had to wear clothing that the church would give us and shoes as well. My mom worked at many jobs, ironing, cooking, laundry, etc. My father left us when my sisters and I were small as he was a violent alcoholic, so it's good that he left. But there were times when my mother had very little and she used to say, "At least we aren't in the Poor House"! I never knew what she meant until today when I happened upon this video. Amazing !!! She has now passed on, bless her heart! I will always remember her saying, "At least we're not in the Poor House!"
Rick Jensen
Rick Jensen 3 aylar önce
Amazing story - they had very tough early lives but often turned out as wonderful, kind and resilient people.
Lisa of parvati therapy
Lisa of parvati therapy 2 aylar önce
Modern life in america is better than poorhouse london because we have social programs, minimum wage, labor laws and safety standards. A certain political party wants to strip those away and shame the poor into the shadows...we have seen homelessness soar and corporate fascism buy our representatives in the form of huge campaign donation and endless lobbyists offering payment for attending to private elite interests , effectively buying our government! We now have corporations doing whatever they want with no regulations or accountability. Think more train derailments, california forest fires, building collapse , pharmaceutical price gauging and penalties are a slap on the wrist. Its a lawless free for all in the land of the 1%
Darling2021 Aylar önce
I was brought to tears so many times.
kevin fox
kevin fox Aylar önce
@Rick Jensen when it's the only way you can survive, it's what you do to make it. And you keep fighting to climb back up, for your loved ones. 10/21 to 4/22, my wife and I lived in our truck, at a local truck stop. Lost our home when I lost my leg. Can't work, can't pay for it. Tried, and came up short. My wife kept us going, and wouldn't let me give up. After watching this, what we faced was nothing.
Antonio Broccoli Porto
Antonio Broccoli Porto 4 aylar önce
Something similar existed here in the USA. My partner’s mother and her brother were put in what was called Catholic Orphanages. Many families worked the mills of New England barely making ends meet. When their mother abandoned them the father was unable to watch over them d make a living . Brothers and Sisters were separated in different wards. They were constantly punished and treated poorly because they were considered burdens. Maybe not as bad as a workhouse but pretty horrible.
Queen Jane Approximately
Queen Jane Approximately Aylar önce
My grandmother is 85 and she was abandoned by her mother so a catholic orphanage raised her. She speaks of the nuns as if they were angels. As if they were a mother figure they were so good to her. I mean shes gone on and on about these women. She showed me pictures of the wedding they threw her to my grandfather when she met him around the time she would be leaving the orphanage (18) and they wouldnt let her go until he also converted to Catholicism and my grandmother said no way would she even consider him at the time unless he converted. They were married 50 years. I said the nuns weren't mean?! Lol but I can easily see how another place could be corrupted or they wouldn't be nice to a child that wasn't as...obedient.
nichegoseberazdvatri 10 aylar önce
I found out my grandmother had a twin sister who had died of starvation when they were just toddlers. She only confessed this to us on her deathbed. I still think about this everyday. Tell your family. They deserve to know.
flannel pillowcase
flannel pillowcase 10 aylar önce
not really. people who live through trauma deserve to make the choice on whether or not to share said trauma. they shouldn't be forced to relive it just because their family "deserves to know."
Laura Vintson
Laura Vintson 8 aylar önce
Yes, because it will affect future generations.
Vicky B
Vicky B 3 aylar önce
She didn't "confess" it because she didn't do anything wrong. She told you because she felt she needed to. She probably felt a lot of guilt for being the one that survived and carried a lot of trauma and feared what you would all think, possibly worrying that you would judge. Yep, you judged.
nichegoseberazdvatri 3 aylar önce
@Vicky B it seems like you know a lot about family relationships that you gave such a well thought out speculation. It is wonderful that she confessed this secret. How did you come to conclusion that I judged?
The Criticiser
The Criticiser 4 aylar önce
When I started working in the ambulance service over 40 years ago, there was a Geriatric Hospital in a converted workhouse. The place was enormous, 96 bed wards with nearly 40 in total. It was extremely traumatic for the patients and ourselves when we had to transport people to be admitted. As soon as they saw where they were going they would start to scream, shout and fight to get away. I often thought it was cruel to use the former workhouse that way. It wasn't the only former workhouse used as a hospital. Other examples in Liverpool were Alder Hey Hospital and Mill Road Maternity Hospital. There were others but I don't know them. The Geriatric Hospital was demolished and is now a housing estate. That's a shame as it had the best NHS restaurant in the country, with waitress service, A La Carte and preset menus. It was brilliant.
Vikki Davey
Vikki Davey 10 aylar önce
This is history . Very interesting documentary , and well done. Thank you . Sadly in some places in the world poverty is still a crippling reality for millions of people .
53evi 10 aylar önce
Like in Hungary...We have no poorhouses yet...😑😑
Maureen Devries
Maureen Devries 8 aylar önce
It still continues.
Bill Scheidt
Bill Scheidt 4 aylar önce
Poverty is a reality to alot of people here in the USA. It's actually quite sad here in some places
Vicky B
Vicky B 3 aylar önce
Poverty happens in every country. The only difference is the percent of people it affects and how the country handles it.
Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy 7 aylar önce
My grandfather died in an Irish workhouse.Before that they lived in actual ditches. I only found this out this week. I also did my phyc training in a one that was turned into a phyc hospital, actually still had the old workhouse records.
Tricia C
Tricia C 4 aylar önce
It was like the lesser of two evils. So cool they have those records.
John Smith
John Smith 8 aylar önce
My the 1970' and 80's nan used to always say - "You'll have me in the workhouse' as a joke when I asked for anything. I always wondered what she meant. I am amazed to learn they were operational until the 1940's! The fear of poverty has driven me to this very day. Cox is right about poverty being in the DNA.
Rowan Zip
Rowan Zip 8 aylar önce
So true. My father used to say the same thing over and over when I was growing up.
Mandy Nuttall
Mandy Nuttall 7 aylar önce
My Mum used to say the same! I'm also amazed these places were still around until the 1940's.
Patricia Michelle Isaac
Patricia Michelle Isaac 7 aylar önce
Poverty and riches are in the dna. They choose to continue one blue blood line the rest of the dna are poor
Victoria Savaski
Victoria Savaski 4 aylar önce
This story of the Victorian Work House has left me in tears!!! I've never heard of so much cruelty toward extremely poor people, after all poverty is a condition not a crime. I live in California , in my way to work to San Francisco year after year I've seen homeless people in the worst conditions and frankly not too much has been done for them. Poverty hasn't change its face, and people are still stigmatized. The family histories of these people are very sad, so much misstreatment, separating men from women , mothers from their children, beating them, starving them, putting them down, ignoring their feelings, dreams and hopes.. How unjust to condemn women for being single mothers but the men that contribute to those pregnancies could walk on the street with their heads up high!. In any time and place women had suffered more than than men and and so much is expected from us. Is painful that one lady could never see her little sister and she had no money to pay her fair. The English government at the time were evil forcing poor people and children to emmigrate to Australia. Those children were practically kidnapped from her mom. And later the government says sorry? How about some financial compensation to the survivors of their horrible acts? Thanks for sharing these families stories, English history, and the policies and the punishment for being poor. Blessings to all the survivors and the ones that are dead RIP, ♥🎋♥🎋♥🎋
Lauren Renee
Lauren Renee 3 aylar önce
Darling2021 Aylar önce
My heart broke so many times over
Sara Grant
Sara Grant Gün önce
Indeed. History paints Queer Victoria as this amazing individual who saw great innovation, many social and economic changes and the growth of the nation happen. On the other side of the coin is history like THIS- which undoes anything great her or her government could have ever accomplished. No one can tell me she didn’t know this was going on. For all the great that happened, this is what history should remember her and those members of parliament for.
John Baldwin
John Baldwin 7 aylar önce
I love the pride Alma has that her children never knew the struggle and shame that she felt, but I hate the pain she still feels at what she couldn’t have helped.
Baby Catcher
Baby Catcher 7 aylar önce
Pride is a great motivator. But sometimes there is nothing that can be done.
Pommie 🐻 Bears
Pommie 🐻 Bears 6 aylar önce
I remember my grandad putting cardboard in my shoes once lol. I felt a little attacked by Alma. (I’m joking) True though. I had cardboard in my shoe that had a hole in them. We were poor. Things have changed now, thank goodness.
Elaine Brown
Elaine Brown 2 aylar önce
There were 9 of us kids & we went barefooted each summer til school started. I was ashamed of my home I had to grow up in. Now I’m 72 & watching video about workhouses & heard testimonials I can see I was well off in comparison.
Elaine Brown
Elaine Brown 2 aylar önce
My grandpa lived thru the depression & I saw him putting cardboard in his shoes. He also used baling wire to lace up. He was a survivor!!
Jo Loy
Jo Loy 8 aylar önce
My love to you all for showing us your families history, I also cried at the heartbreak you went though in your discoveries. I know nothing about my Mums roots only that she was sent to a orphanage in 1920 aged 2. I guess it gives many of us hope we may one day find answers.
Tricia C
Tricia C 4 aylar önce
You may be able to get genetically tested and find your family that way.
Schnecke 12 gün önce
I cried tooo..i live in Germany and had no such experiences ,but at 40 years i discovered my father is not my father and since then i struggle. So this stories of heritage,lost and found and bounderies made me cry. I' m verry sorry for this!!! Also the new reality in England and Amerika of living in poverty,with kids in cars!!!
Michelle Tecklenburg
Michelle Tecklenburg 11 aylar önce
My grandmother was brought to South Africa from Scotland in the early 1900's. Love to follow up on this history of the "orphan's" who were "exported" to South Africa. Loved this documentary. Real history ♥️
Brookelynn Wu
Brookelynn Wu 5 aylar önce
This is human trafficking & by no means is it confined to England or South Africa.
Klara G
Klara G 3 aylar önce
@Brookelynn Wu that’s exactly what it is. Children were used and abused in the most heinous ways, many never heard from again. Bernardo’s was documented in the movie Sunshine And Oranges. It’s gut wrenching, I’m sure worse happened than what they disclosed publicly.
Laura Marie
Laura Marie 6 aylar önce
My family has secrets, that my mother died, telling very few of them. One she did tell, was that her grandmother, when she entered menopause, was put in an asylum in England, and never heard from again, which must have been horrible.
Pommie 🐻 Bears
Pommie 🐻 Bears 6 aylar önce
I’m going through menopause. I’m on HRT now, thank goodness. I can’t imagine being treated like a mental patient because your biology is running it’s course. In Australia here, it’s still hush hush. I’m English, and it’s spoken about there, as it should be. Here in Australia, I couldn’t find a group or help, outside of my GP. Terrible.
Dee Anna
Dee Anna 9 aylar önce
This is horrible. The trauma so many people experienced is heartbreaking
Carol Gibson-Wilson
Carol Gibson-Wilson Yıl önce
Dickenson did a good job describing poor house, workhouse, debtor's prison, and orphanages . This had the advantage of video which drives the Dickenson words into disgusting reality. Thank you.
Carol Gibson-Wilson
Carol Gibson-Wilson Yıl önce
That poverty is a crime is the attitude of the top 10% of wealth in the USA and too many of our politicians. Hence things like Ex prez saying he would eliminate SNAP and send canned food to former card users because God forbid they have a steak in their purchases.
Sara Lang
Sara Lang Yıl önce
Dickenson? Do you mean Dickens? Charles Dickens the author?
Carol Gibson-Wilson
Carol Gibson-Wilson Yıl önce
@Sara Lang Yes, Sara. Thanks. At my age somethings escape me. I knew I was wrong but could not recall Dickens.
Mistydawn Oliver
Mistydawn Oliver Yıl önce
I believe Dickens father was sent to debtors prison where he would visit him sometimes
Luckoftheirish1 8 aylar önce
Hearing stories like these, really makes you appreciate the life you have. Yes, I have dealt with many hardships, pain, loss and heartache. But nothing like what the people who lived in the workhouses dealt with. It was a living hell for them.
Redmi 9
Redmi 9 7 aylar önce
I think that for most of them death was blessing
asherael 7 aylar önce
got a lot of people who want to go right back to this system
Sabine 6 aylar önce
Deena Hewson Yes , you are so right. At the moment I 'm feeling rather depressed and lonely but nevertheless I appreciate having an appartement , enough food and being healthy! People should be grateful nowadays , those poor human beings in former times.What were they going through,? I barely can 't imagine it!
Pommie 🐻 Bears
Pommie 🐻 Bears 6 aylar önce
People these days don’t have the gumption to survive something so horrifying. Hurt feelings are enough these days to cause uproar. It’s embarrassing how petty we’ve become.
asherael 6 aylar önce
@Pommie 🐻 Bears Many people try to be kinder to one another. The thing that baffles me are the people who get completely bent out of shape and have snowflake meltdowns over some people trying to be considerate. That's who I wouldn't want to have to rely on in an emergency
Susan Poindexter
Susan Poindexter 7 aylar önce
The work house was a cruel unjust way of life. My great grandfather in England had several boys when his wife died. All the boys were sent either to Australia or Canada like my grampa and my great Uncle Bert. My grandfather was an extremely emotionally wounded man and I have some pretty solid evidence to believe he was abused in his Canadian home as an indentured servant. This is why I have such a love hate relationship with England.
Ruth Whall
Ruth Whall 4 aylar önce
My aunt on my father's side was terrified when her family arranged for her to move into a old people's home as she believed they where sending her to the poor house ,she died not long after they moved her ,I believe she had literally scared herself to death . I'm afraid that we still belittle people who fall on hard times ,are perception of it won't happen to me is as frail as tissue paper in water .
Golem Snatch
Golem Snatch 3 aylar önce
My great aunt's husband and his sister were sent to the workhouse circa 1870 when their parents died. While they were there the sister was hit across the head by the matron, with a set of heavy keys. She was one of the poor souls who died in these hell holes. She was ten years old.
Kelvin Lambert
Kelvin Lambert 4 aylar önce
My nanna born in 1900 and her younger sister were placed in the workhouses from time to time growing up when things got tough for the family, due to ilness being unable to work or when times were really difficult and there was no work. It was a last resort for the family but at least there was a roof over the children's heads and some food. In early 1970's she lived with my parents and us 3 kids in a 1 bed rented terrace with outside loo. Never once in my life did I hear my Nanna complain about anything.
freaky1972my 10 aylar önce
I couldn't stop crying while I watched this. An eye opening gut wrenching documentary of a past not to be forgotten.
KS MAX 9 aylar önce
What happened to Charlie Chaplin's mother is terrible I feel so bad for what happened to her, an asylum would have been horrific and she was sent there because she had beaten! What a reason! I am sure plenty others had similar horrific tales 😢😢
Babs 66
Babs 66 2 aylar önce
Actually she had VD
melly 10 aylar önce
I can relate to what Patrick said I'm afraid of poverty still, it came from my nan who was terrified of bein poor an being sent to the workhouse she was born in 1907, bless her that fear has travelled down the generations...
Sapphire Artist
Sapphire Artist 8 aylar önce
My Nan was born 1907 also.
Pommie 🐻 Bears
Pommie 🐻 Bears 6 aylar önce
When I ran away from my first husband, due to abuse and other horrible things, I ended up in a hostel with my two children. The government had a problem helping me, as I had come home from Australia back to England, so they would only give me very little to live on. My sons needed warm clothes, so I went without food for weeks. A nibble here and there, but my sons were more important. Eventually, I passed out, and the ambulance came. My case was sent immediately to the home office for reconsideration by the nice wardens at the hostel. Eventually, my dad payed for me to return to Australia, so I could get money from my ex husband to help with the boys. England didn’t want to help me. Australia took my husband’s tax and gave me enough to get a home, and start again. I know what poverty is….my own country put me there, even though I’d only been gone for a year, and I’d payed tax since 16 years old. Poverty is horrifying. We’re fine now. My sons are grown men, and own businesses. I’m married to a wonderful husband, who doesn’t abuse me, but loves me. We’re not in poverty anymore. 🙏🏽🌹
momof2 3 aylar önce
Even with the information they do have, only those back in history know what really happened, how these poor people really were, what they were thinking, what their choices really were. What we do know is amazing, and so sad, especially for the children.
R 0291
R 0291 17 gün önce
I really really love how strongly Brian Cox reacts to the facts of the system. We should all be as stridently outraged and sickened by this kind of systemic violence and moral demonization towards the poor
Wendy Greidanus
Wendy Greidanus 17 gün önce
I'm Canadian, born and raised, yet I can remember my mum and her aunts speaking of the Workhouse. We didn't have such a thing in Canada, but my mum's family were Irish immigrants, and were dirt poor. It's amazing how through the generations, the fear inspired by the Victorian Workhouses, reached Canadian shores. The scars inflicted weren't just on those housed within its walls, but on those who knew the stories of others who had been.
Nandy Nanda
Nandy Nanda Yıl önce
I imagined being in a workhouse was that hard from the little Joseph Merrick wanted to talk about his experiences. If it was hell for other people, imagine for a person like him, who society didn't accept.
Jon Dembo
Jon Dembo 9 aylar önce
Utterly cruel... I'm weeping in horror for these unfortunate people!!
pinkpugginz 7 aylar önce
its still going on now
Jeanette Bird
Jeanette Bird 4 aylar önce
Literally heartbreaking what these people endured during this time . They were stripped of their dignity. Workhouses were hell holes 💔
Jacqueline Kalich
Jacqueline Kalich 11 aylar önce
I had a sweet, elderly friend in Aberdeen, who always horrified me by spitting at the wall of what used to be a place for unmarried, pregnant women. Only there. I think there was more to the story, but she never told me anything of the horrors behind those big walls. Only later, did I understand why.
Sarah AB
Sarah AB 8 aylar önce
Did she tell you her story?
countesscable 7 aylar önce
It’s sobering to think that the conditions within some peoples memory were so terrible. I’m in my 60’s and a lot of people my age will remember the feeling of being always numbingly cold in the winter with ice on the inside of the windows. We didn’t have a bathroom, and hot water had to be boiled in a big galvanised bucket. But we were lucky as there was an NHS and an umbrella of the welfare state. I can’t help feeling annoyed when people are whinging about not being able to afford to put central heating on.
kim .E Purdy
kim .E Purdy 5 aylar önce
my Grandad was orphaned and ended up on the Mars Ship Scotland, where he was with many other boys, they taught them trades, but it would have been rough going for sure, eventually he became a soldier fighting in WW1, watching this documentary made me realize that our world is still treating many around the world the same way as then, I call that beyond tragic
Karen Jarrett
Karen Jarrett Yıl önce
Seems the Victorians looked upon the poor and or destitute as less than human. The same as an unwed mother, to condemn the women as if they became pregnant by themselves. Then heap shame on the child for being born. They were sadly lacking in compassion. This was a most interesting look into the Poor Houses. My heart went out to all the people who were looking for familial history.
Yucol Yıl önce
Very much. Lots of stories and books about the brutality of classism
Chris Brown
Chris Brown Yıl önce
Very true....the hypocracy of those times was stunning , and reflected in the words of a certain Judge when he sentanced a poacher to be transported to Tasmania. " You have had the temerity to adress the Bench without permission....and you have stated impudently and slanderously, that the upper ranks of society care little for the wants and privations of the poor. I deny this positively upon a very extensive knowledge of subjects of this nature ! Indeed, there is not a calamity nor distress incident to the needy and the poor that is not most deeply felt by the rich and well to do ( either of body or mind ). It is they who humbly endeavour to mitigate or relieve such things in this Our Happy Land which for its benevolence, charity and boundless humanity, has been the the admiration of the rest of the world ! But I am not here to determine matters of social justice....I am here to decide the law ! By your crime you have forfeited these inexpressible benefits of your country..... I hope that your fate will serve as a warning to others tempted to violate the Laws of Property... You shall not see your friends and relations in this world again ! "
Tiffany Webb
Tiffany Webb Yıl önce
How is that different than today?
jane doe
jane doe Yıl önce
It seems we can now trace where psycho/socio pathology came from, both genetically and environmentally. Then maybe we can start to try to understand how they managed to cling to power, cross oceans and continue to subjugate humans.
Jan Py
Jan Py 11 aylar önce
Sad thing is that we still have people thinking that way
Matt Mc
Matt Mc 5 aylar önce
Even in America it was common to make statements about not wanting to end up in the workhouse. It makes me wonder if our country really understood that hell or if it was just a phrase we adopted. My great grandpa came over in the boat from Dublin Ireland in the late 1800s so I could have some ancestors that went through this to. I'm told I have a slight accent which I find interesting lol
Bonnie Wee Aussie
Bonnie Wee Aussie 7 aylar önce
I cried when they all realised the truths from the records and letters, so incredibly heartbreaking how human beings were treated back then.
Giovanni Iacobucci
Giovanni Iacobucci Aylar önce
It’s really weird how this episode occasionally frames the workhouse as an essentially effective institution as far as honing its participants into productive members of society
TamTv Yıl önce
I wish someone would create a documentary on the " debtors prisons" . and " work farms " .I have heard that the latter was a place for unwed mothers years ago.
Adrianne Spring
Adrianne Spring 11 aylar önce
THIS!!! Solid thought!!!!
Adrianne Spring
Adrianne Spring 10 aylar önce
@Health Toxins Abated Mini-Exposés SSSOOO MUCH!! Right there!! Definitely a brutal thought.
Tricia C
Tricia C 4 aylar önce
Sadly it was the unwed moms and their kids who suffered and not the unwed dads.
Aftersex HighFives
Aftersex HighFives 8 aylar önce
This is fascinating I am also related to Sarah Mcguire. I had found the same records on ancestry and read them to my husband going gosh that was a difficult life. Glad my cousin's agree. Thank you Sarah for living hard. Ancestors are doing well.
Jeannette Whalen
Jeannette Whalen 3 aylar önce
Whilst doing my Family History I discovered my 2X Great Grandfather worked as a storeman and his future wife was a nurse and both worked in the Bodmin Cornwall County Asylum (St Lawrence Hospital) I knew their life was hard but after watching this I now know how hard. I like to think that their love was the one bright thing that came out of such tragedy.
The plural is actually "asparageese".
The plural is actually "asparageese". 4 aylar önce
As someone presently unhoused and involved in social work/public health, it's kind of wild seeing how the anti-impoverished-people prejudices of Victorian people are still echoed in stigmatizing beliefs today. Love what useful empathy lessons this historical insight teaches modern people.
Michelle 10 aylar önce
Friend´s story really struck a cord with me. It´s put a real human face to the statistics. What a marvelous person he must´ve been.
Anna Rushlau
Anna Rushlau Yıl önce
Awwww the one where the old man saved enough for his funeral at the age of 91 so as not to be a burden even in death made me cry.
Katie Barber
Katie Barber Yıl önce
now that is very reminiscent of modern society how many people die and then leave their family in debt due to stupid fucking burial expenses and shit
AL Yıl önce
@Katie Barber that’s why I plan to leave my body to science.
GloryGlory Hole’allelujah
GloryGlory Hole’allelujah 10 aylar önce
Same. That one definitely made me ugly cry.
Sea Breeze
Sea Breeze 9 aylar önce
It isn’t, it’s the very opposite.
Tracey Kays
Tracey Kays 8 aylar önce
Mind-blowing how well they kept records of everyone.
Jae Lynn
Jae Lynn 6 aylar önce
They kept very good records. My grandma came over in 1947 with $30 in her pocket to marry my grandfather. She then spent the rest of her life writing to various agencies in Europe to trace her ancestry. She found records going back hundreds of years.
Gc 4 aylar önce
I'm looking now for my history
Tracey Matzen
Tracey Matzen 8 aylar önce
These high class folks looking into their ancestors lives will never understand the hardship that comes with living in poverty then or today. Even in modern times those who live in poverty, those who are homeless are looked down on and ostracized from society. Some states in the USA have even criminalized being homeless and feeding them. It's disgusting how so called "civilized" society treat those who cannot fend for themselves
Gwynnee 7 aylar önce
Instead of jealousy or resentment I'm hoping their ancestors are so happy that their descendants have come up in the world and are in a better position in society.
Alice Long
Alice Long 7 aylar önce
Many choose homelessness as a lifestyle and expect the taxpayer to provide luxury homes for them, they're very entitled. I worked with them in LA. go do research before you comment
Tracey Matzen
Tracey Matzen 7 aylar önce
Alice long, Luxurious homes ? Not sure what reality you inhabit but it sounds privileged to me as does your blanket statement on the homeless. Each case is unique onto itself and luxurious homes are NOT freely provided where I live as you seem to think. I not only work with the homeless but have experienced it myself as a child and later as an adult. I would say I am qualified to have an opinion on the matter. I agree that some do chose the lifestyle but all too many do not and have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own. These folks are entitled to help in a civilized society. Seems to me you are resentful of having to pay taxes, that in part go towards helping those less fortunate than ourselves.perhaps your anger would be better served elsewhere and you might want to give more thought to where most of our tax dollars actually go. For example, are you aware of how much our goverment spends on foreign aide ? Should we not as a country first take care of our citizens ?
mz 4 aylar önce
@Alice Longno one is choosing to be homeless if you don’t believe me go ahead and try it sometime oh and good luck finding a place to sleep
Chica Chikita
Chica Chikita 10 aylar önce
Treating poverty as a crime that's sick 😫
First Name Last Name
First Name Last Name 3 aylar önce
Travis MICKELSON Yıl önce
History always repeats itself. We are headed back to this exact economic evil.
Annabella dragonlady
Annabella dragonlady Yıl önce
Anthony Yıl önce
Yes, and at a rate of knots. The next few years are going to be horrendous, I fear.
Barbara Crain
Barbara Crain 11 aylar önce
Melodica 10 aylar önce
I was thinking the exact same thing. It's so scary
Maurice Osullivan
Maurice Osullivan 10 aylar önce
@Barbara Crain if Rees mogg had his way ,,it would be back already.
Mary Sample
Mary Sample 2 gün önce
My grandma spoke about 'ending up in the poor house' as a dire warning. I remember the tone she used which left no doubt that it would be the worst thing that could happen. She was (like I am), from a working class background. The workhouse would have been a genuine possibility for them back then if they'd had the misfortune to become ill and lose their jobs. The old workhouse near us is now an expensive private home. I wouldn't want to live there.
Owen Thomas
Owen Thomas 6 aylar önce
my grandmother was in the workhouses but i never really inderstood what that meant. she would only drink out of a china cup (proper teacup) as she said a mug reminded her of the workhouse. she used to say this little rhyme that went something like "christmas day in the workhouse and the white washed walls were black". she lived such a frugal life that my dad and his brothers never had much except for simple food. her biggest fear was any of her children (or extended family for that matter) to have "a paupers grave".
Elicia A
Elicia A 23 gün önce
So incredibly heartbreaking. All those people suffered so horribly.
Candace Leonard
Candace Leonard 6 aylar önce
It’s a blessing to be able to trace your ancestry back so far. It’s the one thing that makes me and other descendants of Africans forced into slavery feel so lost. Nothing known about where we came from. These are some hard stories to learn but better to know your family than not. I have learned plenty listening to this documentary. Thanks. 💜
Argos Z
Argos Z 10 aylar önce
The program does a fair job of exposing some of our recent appalling history (in industrialized/western countries) and that is important. However, perhaps in order to have a positive ending, they gloss over the realities of the introduction of "fostering out" poor children. Unlike now, where there is a separate process for removing all parental rights, back then that was automatic. Those children were rendered immediately destitute of family caring or love and kinship. Secondly, the idyllic scenario of rural life on a farm, or a happy, fulfilled life in Australia, are very rare. Most people accepted foster children for free farm or domestic labour, and they were often treated as near slaves, or abused. Many girls ended up impregnated by the male head of the household, as was common for any girl/woman in those days. Here in Australia there is a movement for acknowledgement /compensation to victims of those policies still living.
Pommie 🐻 Bears
Pommie 🐻 Bears 6 aylar önce
It exposes how pathetic we are compared to our ancestors. They had gumption we can only marvel at!
Tidybitz 6 aylar önce
@Pommie 🐻 Bears ... These were our ancestors weren't they?
-- 2 aylar önce
@Pommie 🐻 Bears Speak for yourself.
Rita Pasini
Rita Pasini 6 aylar önce
So sad to hear all this history of people who suffered such a harsh life and treatments only because they were poor and destitute.
Mick C
Mick C 3 aylar önce
My father came from Eastern Europe where there were no poor/work houses but plenty illegitimate and extremely poor .Even after 70 years his childhood shapes and directs his and the families life. The way they saw life back then was very,.....interesting.
Margaret Hills de Z
Margaret Hills de Z 10 aylar önce
Thinking about Brian Cox's great grandfather, one cannot help but wonder if prejudice against the Irish may have been a factor in labelling him so harshly.
Pommie 🐻 Bears
Pommie 🐻 Bears 6 aylar önce
I think his reaction terrified the woman who was telling him about his great grandfather lol. His outburst was a little frightening 😮
Gayle. CAT GRIM 3 aylar önce
Heartbreaking, how unbelievably heartbreaking for everyone. There will never be any justice for any of these victims, and we have the Crown to thank for it. While the royals lived their lives drenched in jewels and fine linens, stuffing their deceitful faces, they did so on the shoulders of their very own people who were treated worse than vermin. Unbelievable and shameful
izzie 🫀
izzie 🫀 Aylar önce
these kinds of family secrets are so heartbreaking. i recently learned that my grandma's dad lost both his parents during the mexican civil war at the age of 6 and spent the rest of his childhood alone on the streets with no one to care for him. i can't even imagine the horror his everyday reality must have been. how he mustered the strength to find himself a steady job despite being an illiterate orphan with no training, marry, have children, and dedicate his life to providing them with the best life he possibly could is beyond me. he somehow even learned how to read and write in his 50s (he obviously had zero opportunity for education as a child). my mother and grandmother always talk about him and how generous and kindhearted he was and the fact he was that way after the trauma he'd faced is astonishing. i had no idea about the horrors of his early life until i was trying to make a family tree, when my grandma told me the truth about his childhood and that no one knows anything about his parents or anyone that came before. he only told his family the truth in his old age, and would not elaborate further as i'm sure he suffered enormously during his time on the streets and didn't want to relive the trauma of whatever awful things happened to him during that time.
Jennet Gage
Jennet Gage 4 aylar önce
That's sick that they separated families. It left women and children vulnerable and encouraged men to forget their families. Now they are doing the same things to people with jobs and people entering hospitals.
Tinka Bell
Tinka Bell 9 aylar önce
It's kind of like a message from our great grandparents to never give up our ancestors are truly inspirational People I am in awe of them and am going to try my best never to complain again
Colleen Lally-ross
Colleen Lally-ross Yıl önce
My abandoned as a child Grandfather ended up at Westpoint and being a college professor but never ever felt sorry for himself! Kind and thoughtful all his life he always said his parents gave him everything he needed to be successful; A strong mind and a strong body. I'm so lucky to have known him 💓
Tricia C
Tricia C 4 aylar önce
What an exceptional man and his parents were exceptional!
BlueAlien 3 aylar önce
I love these History lessons. They are so raw and unfiltered. This one made me really sad and angry.
Charlotte Innocent
Charlotte Innocent Yıl önce
It boggles the mind that people once thought THIS was how to deal with poverty, may their souls rot in hell forever for the suffering they caused! Pay people a living wage for their work is how to be just. They simply didn't pay people their worth and then made it the fault of those they were unjust to to being with!
Charlotte Innocent
Charlotte Innocent Yıl önce
And taking people's babies away from them... hell would be too kind for them!
Tery Wetherlow
Tery Wetherlow 11 aylar önce
I am appalled that i have seen no thought given to women who were pregnant as a result of rape.
Cathy L
Cathy L 11 aylar önce
It goes to show how greed can destroy. God takes all vengeance at the end. Riches here must have been worth the eternity of hell.
Elmien Liebenberg
Elmien Liebenberg 10 aylar önce
You can see the pain on each of these people's faces as the learn how horrible the world was to their ancestors...their families. Its hard to believe how horrible it was back then. But in 100 or a 1000 years from now...what will they say about our society? Are we truly better? Less cruel? Did we learn?
Jack Schitt
Jack Schitt 2 aylar önce
Mr. Cox is appalled by how the system was in the 1800s. I'd like to see him learn that it hasn't changed. Maybe if people wealthy like he is that have compassion about it realize how difficult life is on other people they would attempt helping others and helping them in a way that actually helps them.
Lillian Liber
Lillian Liber 11 aylar önce
When Barbara Taylor Bradford's relative became pregnant she was working as a domestic servant in a home. I wonder if she had been abused as so many domestics were by the men of the house and then turned out when they found out she was expecting.
Mattie C
Mattie C 11 aylar önce
Her presumed grandfather was infact the Marquess of Ripon, whom her grandmother worked for, and he fathered no children with his wife.
Adrianne Spring
Adrianne Spring 11 aylar önce
@Mattie C Quite possibly he didn't sleep with her but exercised his tastes elsewhere.
Joan Broad
Joan Broad 10 aylar önce
3 times!
Margaret Castell
Margaret Castell 5 aylar önce
Indeed, Lilian, the man of the house was often the downfall of young female staff. Mostly done because his wife didn't want sex to not have another child. Then sack the maid for her promiscuous behaviour. Who is going to believe her? I'm remembering the maid in Downton Abbey who became pregnant with the child of a visiting guest. He was killed in the war. She had been driven to prostitution and then came the parents of the "hero" trying to buy the child. Horrible father. She had no choice really but to let her son go. So sad. When I did the family tree of my mother whose ancestors were country agricultural people, I was amazed at how many of them were in and out of the workhouse as they aged. Their children seemingly had no space for him and he was unable to work. I only wish my mother was alive to know about her ancestors. I was able to go back to the 1400s thanks to records kept. It really changed my life knowing about all my people. A number emigrated to Australia and thrived. This was a wonderful and moving film that had me in tears several times.
Rita Pasini
Rita Pasini 6 aylar önce
I am amazed at the neat and precise handwriting of people's history written on those books so that now people can trace back their loved ones.
Amelia_K 108
Amelia_K 108 8 aylar önce
So interesting how it gets recorded or alluded to as Mary having an "extramarital affair" but never mentions the possibility of a child being the result of a "rape," as though that could never happen to a woman in the early 1900's. Give me a break. The poor women could have likely said she was raped and yet, somehow, it'd still be her fault. So glad things have evolved since those times.
Suzanne Haigh
Suzanne Haigh 3 aylar önce
Living in Britain and have always had an interest in the work/poor house, non of my family I have found so far were in one. What I do know though through research not all were bad, many were run correctly and the "inmates" treat with a certain amount of fairness, although life was tough. Luckily only a comparative few were run in such appalling ways, even so not a place anyone wished to end up in.
K. H.
K. H. 8 aylar önce
He is Damn right to be angry... I would be (at the rotten system, and psychopaths at the top).... My heart bleed especially for the mothers,... and children 😢💔 just can't contain how much trauma, injustice and sadness our forfathers had to endure 😭.. We really need to know our past! We should never go against each other, but always stand together to build a better system❤️
jade fire
jade fire 8 aylar önce
It was sad seeing how this affected so many people in such a tragic way. ( I do have to say I enjoy Brian's Scottish accent coming out so strong when he gets heated. He does have a lovely voice. )
Stephanie Montor
Stephanie Montor 2 aylar önce
A very good book by Jack London The Abyss. He actually goes undercover and lives among the people of the East End and writes about it.
Tinthia Aylar önce
What's sad is that people are still treated like criminals for being poor.
Joe Selsbury
Joe Selsbury 9 aylar önce
All while the poor are "living" like this, the wealthy class are trying to find new ways in which they can spend aka waste their immense wealth. I heard of one account where a railroad tycoon, I think his name was Billings, ended up spending 50,000 pound on dinner at a restaurant which today would amount to 1 and half million dollars. All the while people are dying from starvation and abject poverty. Its just infuriating to think about.
Buck Ó Donnghaile
Buck Ó Donnghaile 3 aylar önce
You should sell the device you typed this on and give the proceeds to thee poor.
Darling2021 Aylar önce
The story at around 51:00 is so sad. Her other 9 kids must have been through so much sadness losing their mother and then she lost her home again 😢.
Toni Swift
Toni Swift 10 aylar önce
This is so sad... I didn't know about this. While it's educational, it's disheartening to know that this is how people of certain social class were treated. Heartbreaking...
Pommie 🐻 Bears
Pommie 🐻 Bears 6 aylar önce
My nan would refer to the workhouse in relation to money. I never took much notice at the time. Obviously, I understand now. “We’ll end up in tha work’Ouse if we keep spending money on sweets” with a chuckle.
Cindy P
Cindy P 11 aylar önce
The fact they're called "inmates" breaks me heart.
Jacqueline Hattersley
Jacqueline Hattersley 6 aylar önce
It was a terrible thing to end up in Australia as a child from UK. I lived in Australia and saw the Museums showing in great detail how these Children were treated with immense cruelty.Boys were forced to work the land, many with regular beatings and little food. Unpaid slaves. Girls were also forced to toil on Farms as unpaid labour, or cleaning houses and treated deplorably Babies and young children were placed in homes, cared for by drunk matrons. Many died of neglect, even babies in their cots, unfed , unwashed and given no mental , physical or emotional stimulation and care. I ended up walking around, looking at the little faces in photographs ( all drawn and emaciated ) in tears. Obviously there were some who were lucky and with good families
Mary Smith
Mary Smith 11 aylar önce
This is incredibly sad. The Royals should have been appalled and used some of their wealth to help these people. Instead of prancing around in their finery.
redrustyhill2 7 aylar önce
The people should hold the royalty accountable instead of bowing down and ass kissing.
Tidybitz 6 aylar önce
@redrustyhill2 ... I think you should do more research.
Tricia C
Tricia C 4 aylar önce
There is evidence that Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband tried to help those in poverty. Healthy environments were important to him also. All of the Royals have helped with it. You need to research better.
Millizent Noir
Millizent Noir 10 aylar önce
This is interesting, i love to learn about history… but history is in the past and there is nothing we can do about it. The only thing is that we learn from the past and make the future better. I hope these characters in this episode living good life’s with money and fame see that there is still poverty in the world and in their country to fight and they are free to join the fight against it….
Jenna Olbermann
Jenna Olbermann 4 aylar önce
Such a cruel system. I cannot understand how poverty is seen as something worth punishment instead of trying to make things better so people are in a better situation.
Waffles Yıl önce
😢😢😢How tragic history holds such devastating secrets of the times. The stories are gut wrenching and very emotional but we need to continue to learn from such terrible situations and strive for a better way of life and understanding so it never happens again.
Jennifer@hcSmith Yıl önce
P Harger
P Harger Yıl önce
What do we do exactly now so it never happens again..? It does go on now, and we don’t do anything about it….
C Mauro
C Mauro 5 aylar önce
May their suffering not go without notice and may we never do this again. So sad. I can't believe the difference between "backward" Southern Italy and England. My grandparents born in 1901 and 1906 were not put through this kind of suffering. They figured out how to get rented land to farm. They did not have education.
Joyce Aldrich
Joyce Aldrich 7 aylar önce
Both my Grandfather and Great Uncle were sent from Brighton, to work on farms in Canada. They were 8 and 10, when they made the long journey. My Grandfather was sent to a French Canadian farm, in Quebec, and my Uncle George to an English farm in Ontario. They were Dr. Barnardo children. That was in 1910. My Great Grandmother had lost her husband, Samuel, who died at age 42, in an accident. He was a photographer. She kept her daughter, in Brighton, but gave the boys up to work on the farms in Canada.
Nets K
Nets K 6 aylar önce
My grandfather was sent to an orphanage for a while although he wasnt an orphan, he was days away from being sent to Canada before he was reclaimed. I think his mother wasn't coping well with being to poor to feed him but found out had be sent away so went to get him.
Danny Ruley
Danny Ruley 4 aylar önce
Shocking! So much that should have been taught in schools and never was and still isn't. The wealthy and powerful along with career political people still take and forget those they look down on. Sickening!
Lisa Avin
Lisa Avin 9 aylar önce
Believe me, there are still quite a lot of people who view poverty as a crime!!
Redmi 9
Redmi 9 7 aylar önce
In Tudor times poverty and vagrancy and begging were very much a crime and severely punished
Lisa Avin
Lisa Avin 7 aylar önce
@Redmi 9 OK. Are you saying you agree with the concept? Because, believe me, If you ever experienced homelessness for any period of time, I assure you, you wouldn't. My question is, why does everyone think it's ok to punish people who are possibly experiencing the worst thing in their lives?!? I mean, once you ARE homeless, it becomes three times harder to get out of it than it was to avoid it. And, not every homeless person is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Many of them are simply trying to remedy their situation. You never know what put them in the situation or what they have been through. Many people in this country are just one paycheck away from the same fate.
No Nonsense Johnson
No Nonsense Johnson 4 aylar önce
My 2x Great grandmother was born in a South London Workhouse. 152 years later her Great Great Grandchild has not long got back from a private Villa in the Med. your resilience to mother your children and never give up was not in vain Maryann Lane ❤️. Feeling so lucky and blessed to be born in better times. Absolute cruelty the way the victorians looked down and treated the poor, classing it as a crime. Makes me feel somewhat shamed to be proud to call this country home. I hope There was days of laughter and comfort amongst the misery. 😢😢🙏🏻
Barbara Brooks
Barbara Brooks 8 aylar önce
It's hard to understand why more poor people were not sent to Australia, Canada and the United States. If more people had emigrated, then there would have been resources for the elderly and infirm who couldn't work. It's also hard to understand why there wasn't training for jobs so they could leave the workhouse as quickly as possible. Maybe the sheer scale of poverty overwhelmed the authorities.
Tricia C
Tricia C 4 aylar önce
That makes sense.
Joel DeJonge
Joel DeJonge 2 aylar önce
bad opinion
Hannah Dyson
Hannah Dyson Aylar önce
Because they wanted to punish them . They didnt want more resources for the firm or elderly , they wanted them to die off and not have to provide for them at all Training costs money. It diverts money away from the rich , they didn't think the poor deserved it . They didn't care . They didn't think it was worth the effort .
Barbara Brooks
Barbara Brooks 29 gün önce
@Hannah Dyson It's not that simple. The rich gave millions of pounds to trade schools, orphanages, aslyums, homes for "unfortunate women" etc. The problem was that the population was expanding too rapidly for the economy, as well as the rich controlling too many resources. Even if the rich had chosen to live in austerity and invest all their money to help the poor, the structural problems of overpopulation and lack of capital relative to job needs. Much of the economic improvements happened because of foreign investments and London being the premier world banking center.
Dili Hopa
Dili Hopa 11 aylar önce
In Edwardian England my Great Grandmother was a “needle mistress” in a workhouse. By reading census’s I believe she taught needlework to women.
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