Tagged with Workhouses

Paupers Riot 1830

Paupers Riot 1830

Here’s another horror story from Bristol’s past which serves as a warning of where we may be heading. The 1840s was a time of massive social upheaval across Europe, echoing the previous century’s ‘hungry forties’, but the problems were soaring in the 1830s. In Bristol, trade declines, so many workers were reduced to pauperism and … Continue reading

The Workhouses of England and Wales

The Workhouses of England and Wales

One of the best known dramatic images in English is probably that of Oliver asking for more, an image of childhood hunger that is indelibly linked to Dickens and his age. But why were the workhouses built, and why was the mid 19th century such a hard time for the poor? To start, there are … Continue reading

Remembering ‘The Times’

In the wake of all the phone hacking scandals it is worth remembering what an incredible newspaper The Times once was, and the huge importance not just to Britain, but to the world, of its founder John Walter who was a tireless campaigner both in his paper and through parliament, for his defence of the poor … Continue reading