Workhouses

Brighton Workhouse as the Kitchener Hospital
‘Brighton Workhouse as the Kitchener Hospital HA928106

Did you know that during the First World War, Brighton General Hospital (formerly the workhouse) was taken over by the military and converted into the Kitchen Hospital for soldiers, some of whom served in the Indian Army ? Other Indian soldiers were nursed at the Royal Pavilion Hospital.

The History Centre has minute books from that period which detail the dispersal of the workhouse inmates to other parts of the town. We also have maps showing the various workhouse sites and historic newspapers which described events that happened at the  institutions such as the digging of  the well (the deepest in the world at that time) at Warren Farm School in 1862.

From September to November 2010, Andrew Bennett, archivist from the East Sussex Record Office will be giving a series of talks at the Brighton History Centre about resources held at the archives which relate to Brighton.

The first talk on 16 September will cover a brief history of the national workhouse system and a history of the Brighton workhouse (including Warren Farm, Woodingdean).

Other talks will include house history, family history, maps, wills and court records. See the museum website for details, www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk.

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