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    Christmas in the Workhouse

    Coopers, Church Street, 1930s
    Back to the computer after a break away and may I thank everyone who has logged in, commented, and supported me over the last year. I did not have a chance to wish everyone a great Christmas but I am in time with New Year greetings. All the best for 2012.
    Today’s posts cross over both occasions. Photographs of Liverpool’s Workhouse on Brownlow Hill are surprisingly rare. Sadly, it appears that the subject matter was not worth proper documentation. As we prepare for the duocentenary of Charles Dicken’s birth next year, no doubt we will be constantly reminded of the worst aspects of Victorian England. The workhouse might have offered shelter but it was a harsh life for all those who finished up inside its walls dependent on parish relief. The hardship is etched in the faces of the women. The single chain of decorations on the wall only add to the pathos.
    The second photograph is of the ‘only wild haggis in captivity’. A curious crowd has gathered outside Coopers, the upmarket foodstore om Church Street. I remember Coopers just before it closed down in the early 1970s. It was a bit like Harrods/Fortnum and Masons in London, with a wonderful aroma of freshly-ground coffee. It was part of a larger chain, which had its headquarters in Glasgow.
    Time was not on its side against the rise of supermarkets and it closed to make way for WH Smith (and more recently River Island).

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    Thanks for that laugh Colin, just in time.

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    Best wishes for 2012......and big thank you.

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    Thank you Colin for sharing your fine work.
    All the best to you and yours.

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    Thanks Colin and best wishes for you and yours.
    It looks more like Anne Fowlers than the workhouse, with all the women
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    Fascinating pic's Colin,and couldn't help but smile,at the woman on the left in the workhouse,she looks like she's eyeing those flowers up as a potential meal!! All the best for the new year!

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    All the best Colin, keep up the great posts you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post
    Thanks Colin and best wishes for you and yours.
    It looks more like Anne Fowlers than the workhouse, with all the women
    Women and men were always segregated in the Workhouse - even if they were married.

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    I really enjoy your photographs Colin and the history that comes with each one.

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