S…is for Southwell Workhouse
Southwell Workhouse, Nottinghamshire
It all started with good intentions, Southwell workhouse was built by a group of local communities to help, shelter, feed in return for work for the poor homeless and destitute.
The promising start ended in Workhouses becoming a place of dread.. a place of the last resort with brutal regimes, poor conditions and work that for some amounted to slavery.
Southwell Workhouse is an imposing building. The central entrance is impressive and is the Governor’s Accommodation. But look to the left and right and the building is very similar to many a prison. Entrance to the inmates accommodation was at the back of the building where they were immediately segregate with females and children in the left wing and males to the right. Segregation was compulsory as was the wearing of a coarse uniform. Food was basic and labour enforced.
Southwell Workhouse being located in a countryside setting was perhaps more fortune than many as it had its own market garden.
So S is for Southwell Workhouse…..my submission for this weeks Cee’s Black& White Photo Challenge. See what other have submitted at:- http://ceenphotography.com/2016/01/21/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-anything-that-starts-with-the-letter-s/
(C) David Oakes 2016