Workhouse dormitory

#Picture Number SO168

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a newly-built workhouse dormitory, 1860s. Cast iron beams support the roof. The room is lit by a long skylight; under it are ventilators. The room has a row of wooden bunks down each side; the bunk bases are hinged so that they can be lifted up to clean the floor underneath. A grating on the floor allows ventilation in summer and heating in winter. The beams and walls are painted with religious texts.  Workhouse wardens are showing the dormitory to a well-dressed couple.