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At the time of Queen Victoria’s accession in 1837 one-third of Britain’s population lived in poverty, whose relief amounted to £7M per year. Determined to find a solution to such problems, the government resurrected the earlier idea of Union Workhouses and commanded parishes to band together to build and maintain workhouses where local paupers would be housed and fed in return for daily labour whose profit would defray workhouse costs. This is an account of the East Retford Union Workhouse that for 96 years stood at Spital Hill.
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