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Shadows of the workhouse / Jennifer Worth.

By: Worth, Jennifer, 1935-2011.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London : Phoenix, 2009Description: 294 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780753825853 (pbk.).Subject(s): Worth, Jennifer, 1935-2011 | Midwives -- England -- London | Poor -- England -- London | Poverty -- England -- London | East End (London, England) -- Social conditions -- 20th century | Poplar (London, England) -- Social life and customs -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 920.02
Contents:
Originally published: Twickenham: Merton, 2005. -Includes bibliographical references.
Summary: In the 1950s Jennifer Worth was a district midwife in the Docklands of East London where the aftermath of the war meant many lived in shocking conditions. She worked with the Nursing Sisters of St John the Divine, nurses and midwives whose vocation was to work amongst the poorest of the poor. Despite the official closure of the workhouses in 1930, there was nowhere else for many inmates to go, so they changed their names and carried on much as before. In 'Shadows of the Workhouse', Jennifer tells the stories of the men and women she met who began their lives in the workhouse.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p> A fascinating slice of East End life, from the No.1 bestsellilng author of CALL THE MIDWIFE, soon to be a major BBC TV series. </p> <p>In this follow up to CALL THE MIDWIFE, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in the docklands area of East London in the 1950s tells more stories about the people she encountered.</p> <p>There's Jane, who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House - she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat. Peggy and Frank's parents both died within 6 months of each other and the children were left destitute. At the time, there was no other option for them but the workhouse.</p> <p>The Reverend Thornton-Appleby-Thorton, a missionary in Africa, visits the Nonnatus nuns and Sister Julienne acts as matchmaker. And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric ninety-year-old nun, is accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market. She is let off with a warning, but then Jennifer finds stolen jewels from Hatton Garden in the nun's room. These stories give a fascinating insight into the resilience and spirit that enabled ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.</p>

Originally published: Twickenham: Merton, 2005.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 294).

Includes bibliographical references.

Originally published: Twickenham: Merton, 2005. -Includes bibliographical references.

In the 1950s Jennifer Worth was a district midwife in the Docklands of East London where the aftermath of the war meant many lived in shocking conditions. She worked with the Nursing Sisters of St John the Divine, nurses and midwives whose vocation was to work amongst the poorest of the poor. Despite the official closure of the workhouses in 1930, there was nowhere else for many inmates to go, so they changed their names and carried on much as before. In 'Shadows of the Workhouse', Jennifer tells the stories of the men and women she met who began their lives in the workhouse.

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