Read the essential details about workhouse children many parents were unwilling to allow their children to work in the textile factories to overcome this labour shortage factory owners had to find other ways of obtaining workers one solution to the problem was to buy children from orphanages and workhouses the children became known as pauper apprentices. The workhouse children is a debut novel by lindsey hutchinson it is 1901 in the small town of bilston which is in the industrial west midlands cara flowers grandmother henrietta selby has just passed away and left cara very well off house and money. Children arrived in the workhouse for a number of reasons if an able bodied man was admitted to or departed from the workhouse his whole family had to accompany him once inside the family was split up with each going to their own section a child under seven could if deemed expedient be accommodated with its mother in the female . When we think of children and the workhouse oliver twist is the ubiquitous image that comes to the minds of many peoplewhilst the fictional oliver s experience as an orphan in the workhouse was certainly the experience of some it is sometimes forgotten that whole families often lived in the workhouse albeit not together mothers fathers and children were all separated
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