The Guildford Union Workhouse was built in 1838 to house the poor, the infirm, the ill and the destitute. From 1905, a separate building on the property, The Spike Vagrants and Casuals Ward, housed vagrants and low paid workers. It still stands, one of the few remaining buildings from the Poor Law era. Now part of a Heritage and Community Centre, visitors can experience what life was like for the Edwardian poor. During your visit you can:
- See a working cell and what a vagrant had to do to earn his keep;
- Explore the lives of the Spike inmates and ‘types’ that stayed here;
- Learn about the treatment of the homeless, past and present;
- Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Casuals Ward.
13/04/2018 14:00 - 15:00
(or book both Guildford events at GBP 18.00/14.40)
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