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Friday 31 October 2008 1.53pm
does anyone know the date when the last workhouse closed in london?

I was sure there was one in the fifties in kings cross and also the spike down walworth road.
Friday 31 October 2008 6.34pm
1948, I think.
Friday 31 October 2008 7.14pm
There was one in Westmoreland Road, I think it was called Newington Lodge, it was pulled down in 1966 to make way for the Aylesbury estate.
Saturday 1 November 2008 4.07pm
There's a harrowing description of life in a workhouse in "Call the Midwife" (by Jennifer Worth) - this month's bookclub book.

This Poplar Workhouse was open until at least 1935.

According to this book, the Poor Law Act of 1834 started the workhouse system. It was repealed in 1929 but workhouses continued for several decades as inmates had nowhere else to go and many had become institutionalised (sp?).

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