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Report - Dudley Road Hospital/Workhouse, Birmingham November 2008

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by virusman26, Nov 8, 2008.

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    After a pretty poor morning of failed explores and run-in's with police at an old mill we were trying, we finally ended up at the old Dudley Road Workhouse.
    In pretty poor shape, with signs of floors starting to give way, fire damage and an open section of roof, if this place is to be saved, it should be SOON!!!!!
    A little history.......On 3rd April 1734, a meeting was held and orders given for the purchasing of a site and building of a workhouse for the parish of Birmingham.
    In 1783, Birmingham was incorporated under a local Act of Parliament, giving it greater powers over the management of poor relief. The Incorporation was managed by a body of 108 Guardians of the Poor and was enabled to set up a workhouse "with Apartments for the sick and diseased, and for the old, impotent and infirm, and for those able to work, for the carrying on divers Trades, Works, and Manufactures, as also for the Punishment of the idle, refractory, and profligate". In fact, the Incorporation appears to have continued using the existing parish workhouse building for a further 70 years. By 1848, it could accommodate 645 inmates and was generally full.

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    There were patient cancer research records and death records from the 40's 50's and 60's
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    Not a bad explore, shame about the weather and the fact we were thwarted by police most of the day!!!!:freak

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    #1 virusman26, Nov 8, 2008
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