East London street. An old workhouse looms in the distance. When the poor entered the workhouses, families would be separated, many never to see one another again. I cannot imagine ever being separated from my children.

Destitute Woman and Baby, c.1876, London, honestly we don't know we are born these days, this was a very common sight, no welfare then, the street or the workhouse!!

Hackney Hospital, formerly the Union Workhouse ~ built in 1841 as a workhouse. In 1930, the workhouse came under the control of the London County Council, becoming Hackney Hospital. The final hospital departments closed in 1995. Described as "arguably the worst general hospital psychiatric facility in the country. The site was cramped & the monolithic workhouse became ill suited to modern medical standards."

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