Photo by DAVID ILIFF: Licence CC-BY-SA 3.0
Our most recent trip has been to Southwell.
Southwell Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is popularly known as South Well Minster and is said by many to be the best kept secret among the forty-two English Cathedrals.
Although Christian worship has taken place on this site for over 1,000 years, the present Romanesque building celebrated its commencement, 900 years ago, in 2008.
Walking up the paupers' path towards the Workhouse at Southwell, it is easy to imagine how the Victorian poor might have felt as they sought refuge here. This austere building, the most complete workhouse in existence, was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute. Its architecture was influenced by prison design and its harsh regime became a blueprint for workhouses throughout the country.
This rural workhouse was designed to house around 160 inmates. They lived and worked in a strictly segregated environment with virtually no contact between the old and infirm, able-bodied men and women, and children.