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 It was repealed in 1929 but workhouses continued for several decades as inmates had nowhere else to go and many had become institutionalised (sp?).