Former workhouse in Nantwich, dating from 1780
Former workhouse in Nantwich, dating from 1780

Organisation set up in 1858 and existed "to improve moral and spiritual improvement of workhouse inmates" in England and Wales.

- Workhouse Visiting Society

The Workhouse Visiting Society was set up in 1858 exposed the poor standards of nursing care.

- Workhouse infirmary
Former workhouse in Nantwich, dating from 1780

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Although many deterrent workhouses developed in the period after the New Poor Law, some had already been built under the existing system. This workhouse in Nantwich, Cheshire, dates from 1780.

English Poor Laws

The English Poor Laws were a system of poor relief in England and Wales that developed out of the codification of late-medieval and Tudor-era laws in 1587–1598.

The English Poor Laws were a system of poor relief in England and Wales that developed out of the codification of late-medieval and Tudor-era laws in 1587–1598.

Although many deterrent workhouses developed in the period after the New Poor Law, some had already been built under the existing system. This workhouse in Nantwich, Cheshire, dates from 1780.
The Poor Laws in the aftermath of the Black Death (pictured), when labour was in short supply, were concerned with making the able-bodied work. (also see: Sturdy beggar)
The Old Poor Law or Elizabethan Poor Law is sometimes referred to as the "43rd Elizabeth" as it was passed in the 43rd year that Elizabeth I (pictured) reigned as Queen.
Advertisement for builders to build a new Workhouse in north Wales, 1829
Nassau William Senior argued for greater centralization of the Poor Law system.
Infighting between Edwin Chadwick and other Poor Law Commissioners was one reason for an overhaul of Poor Law administration.
David Lloyd George, architect of the Liberal welfare reforms which were implemented outside of the Poor Law system and paved the way for the eventual abolition of the Poor Law.
Punch criticized the New Poor Law's workhouses for splitting mothers and their infant children.

The Workhouse Visiting Society which formed in 1858 highlighted conditions in workhouses and led to workhouses being inspected more often.

Louisa Twining c. 1906

Louisa Twining

English philanthropic worker who devoted herself to issues and tasks related to the English Poor Law.

English philanthropic worker who devoted herself to issues and tasks related to the English Poor Law.

Louisa Twining c. 1906

In March 1861, she helped to establish a home for workhouse girls sent out to service, in 1864 the Workhouse Visiting Society, in 1866 the Association for the Improvement of the Infirmaries of London Workhouses and in 1879 the Workhouse Infirmary Nursing Association.

Engraving of Tait published 1879

Catharine Tait

British philanthropist.

British philanthropist.

Engraving of Tait published 1879

Her experience was consulted when Louisa Twining formed the Workhouse Visiting Society with wider ambitions.

Florence Nightingale

History of nursing in the United Kingdom

The history of nursing in the United Kingdom relates to the development of the profession since the 1850s.

The history of nursing in the United Kingdom relates to the development of the profession since the 1850s.

Florence Nightingale

Nursing in the Poor Law infirmaries, such as it was, was largely carried out by able-bodied paupers, who were not paid.

Leavesden Mental Hospital, near London

Mental health in the United Kingdom

Mental health in the United Kingdom involves state, private and community sector intervention in mental health issues.

Mental health in the United Kingdom involves state, private and community sector intervention in mental health issues.

Leavesden Mental Hospital, near London

Ten percent of workhouse infirmaries provided separate insane wards.

Dulwich Community Hospital

Dulwich Community Hospital

Hospital located in Dulwich, London.

Hospital located in Dulwich, London.

Dulwich Community Hospital

It was built by the Guardians of the Poor of the parish of Southwark St Saviour to ease pressure from overcrowding at their existing workhouse infirmary in Newington. It had 723 beds at the time it opened.

River Loddon

Tributary of the River Thames in southern England.

Tributary of the River Thames in southern England.

The weir and sluice at Longbridge Mill were refurbished in 2006.
A large clump of Loddon lilies (Leucojum aestivum L. ) in bloom on the banks of the Loddon, not far from its confluence with the Thames at Wargrave
Fritillaria meleagris
Potamogeton nodosus
Angler holding a large barbel

The Basingstoke Union Workhouse and added workhouse infirmary, stood where the Hampshire Clinic stands, a private hospital.

Annie Kenney in 1909

Annie Kenney

English working-class suffragette and socialist feminist who became a leading figure in the Women's Social and Political Union.

English working-class suffragette and socialist feminist who became a leading figure in the Women's Social and Political Union.

Annie Kenney in 1909
Adela Pankhurst (standing) and Kenney, pictured in 1909 beside a tree planted by Emmeline Pankhurst
poster against the 'Cat and Mouse' Act

In the final article in November that year, her last story described meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury (Randall Davidson) in Lambeth Palace in 1914, claiming 'sanctuary' until women were given the vote (which he recognised could be years); she elaborates on the various attempts to make her leave, her arrest, going on a 7-day hunger strike, her release to recover and her return to sit on the doorstep, only to be taken off in an ambulance to the workhouse infirmary.

Madeleine Shaw Lefevre, 1890 portrait

Madeleine Shaw Lefevre

The Principal of Somerville Hall for its first 10 years, from 1879 to 1889.

The Principal of Somerville Hall for its first 10 years, from 1879 to 1889.

Madeleine Shaw Lefevre, 1890 portrait

The Countess was a founding member of the Workhouse Visiting Society, and through this connection Shaw Lefevre became a member of the central committee of the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants.