I haven’t been in Blogland much lately. I don’t know why.
I think the subject of the weather has been exhausted and there’s that other thorny subject that some other bloggers have been brave enough to mention, but I’m not one of them.
But I did find an interesting little snippet during the course of some research I’ve been doing which I’ll share with you.
In 1647 the London Corporation of the Poor was established and one of its provisions was to erect work-houses. Two confiscated royal properties were given to the Corporation and by 1655, one thousand adults and a hundred children were employed there.
Children in the care of the Corporation learned basic literacy. And people didn’t have to live in the work-house, but could either work from their own homes or turn up on a daily basis to work.
I wonder what became of those people when Charles II came back and reclaimed his properties in 1660?
My Gt Gt Grandmother died in the Tendring workhouse in 1904 (the lower pictures if you follow the link). It was a cruel twist of fate that her son in law, my great grandfather, died in that same workhouse at the age of 92 in 1968. It was of course a hospital by then, but it was a grim place and even as a child I felt it had an unpleasant atmosphere, but I did like going to visit Grandfather and he always had a tube of Trebor Mints or Polo Mints in his bedside locker for me.
Anyway, that all very nicely brings me to a bargain I found today!
Among my favourite books (that is books I like to read more than once) along with Jung Chan’s Wild Swans, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Alfred Lansing’s Endurance and Stephen King’s Dolores Claiborne is The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell.
And the bargain - it’s free on Kindle and only £1.99 in paperback. And well worth a read – and a re-read!