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Gressenhall coursework Question 2: In 1834 the poor law amendment act was passed as a way to help prevent poverty throughout England as it was growing into a major problem and getting out of control. The 1834 poor law amendment act focused on the most successful of the three systems introduced in the 1830's: The House of Industry. The poor law act made the house of industry prison-like, they even changed the name to 'The Workhouse'. The prison-like changes were put in place with walls separating inmates and stricter tougher rules, they separated inmates due to a rise in paupers around England, the conditions were appalling inside the workhouse and this was an obvious deterrent for anyone thinking of joining the workhouses as conditions would be cleaner outside. Before the poor law was passed inmates at the Gressenhall workhouse could roam in and out of the workhouse whenever they wanted to. ...read more.


The boys were taught about shoemaking and tailoring whereas girls were taught needlework and knitting. There were other jobs around the workhouse apart from the backbreaking work the paupers had to do; these better jobs were given to respected or well-behaved inmates. One of these jobs was to be a 'Porter'. This was a man who guarded the front gates (rather like a security guard) he let visitors through to the house. There weren't only paupers entering the workhouse but there were also other people such as Doctors, Councilmen and Inspectors who checked the workhouse was running smoothly and was in charged of what to spend on the house. If you were a porter you would have your own house and you would not be separated from your wife or kids this was great as most of the inmates would never see their 'loved ones' again. ...read more.


Due to the illnesses often caught and spread around the workhouse at Gressenhall, Infirmaries were built to look after the people who fell ill. Building these Infirmaries meant that inmates were separated from the main building to be treated and this meant that not so many people caught the disease and therefore reducing the amount of people off sick from work. The workhouse was a success and had employed many poor people, but the overall downfall of the workhouse was the conditions in which the poor were treated. Conditions were terrible and people started to commit suicide inside the house rather than work. This event mixed with other rumours slowly changed the government's mind on these workhouses and they were pushed out of the country. With the 1st and the 2nd world wars arriving soon, there were jobs available for the poor, Gressenhall later closed in 1930 and was turned into an old peoples home. ...read more.

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