It was there once, huge and dominating, towering over the River Wansbeck and the famous stepping stones. But now, Morpeth’s workhouse has disappeared.
Not only has the building gone, with its sorrowful memories, but nearly all the documentation has been destroyed too. Was there a sense of shame, a feeling that this part of Morpeth’s history was best forgotten?
In this book, the reader accompanies the author in the search for information. Piece by piece, the mysterious gaps are tackled, and we learn what went on behind those closed doors.
Once a significant part of life in the town, Morpeth’s union workhouse finally disappeared in a cloud of dust in 1951. Without this book, the unfortunate people who found themselves inside its walls might be forgotten for ever.
Dave Black, The Journal
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