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    I thought this was a very poignant photograph.

    Children at Crumpsall Workhouse, c.1897. Manchester Archives, on Flickr.

    A sad scene. Each girl has a shaved head, presumably because of head lice, and most have a doll or some other toy. On the other hand, their dresses are clean and they look cared for.

    Apollo at My Liverpool offered this statistic:

    By 1839, almost half of the workhouse population (42,767 out of 97,510) were children.
    The last paragraph is one of interest for the genealogists
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    The bit about the fictitious addresses is very interesting, Chris.

    The rules about corporal punishment make grim reading. It sounds Dickensian, but canes, slippers and rulers were still being used to beat kids when I was at school.