Liverpool Workhouse Hospital


From is very early years of growth, Liverpool was able to attract labour to man its ships, and work its docks and transport, by absorbing the natural drift of people into the country and by the importation of workers from Ireland and elsewhere. The population in Liverpool had vastly increased by the end of the 18th and early 19th centuries, especially with emigrants from Ireland. Some of these were in transit to America or elsewhere, and instead of continuing their journey, became permanent residents in Liverpool. In good times work was available, and when it was not there was always the option of emigration; for example, Australia was crying out for skilled and semi-skilled men and their families. but a large static population without work was a serious problem. In Liverpool many people were incapable of work in view of the constant sickness and epidemics.

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