Workhouse in Ireland | 1845-52

George Wilkinson was a British architect who designed the 130 workhouses that were erected throughout Ireland. Walls were of limestone masonry, insides unplastered but heavily white washed. Only bare essentials were provided, with few refinements: the atmosphere was one of penury. Based on indoor relief, they could not cope with the overcrowding, the disease and the deaths. Corpses, without coffins, were carried on carts daily to be thrown into mass burial pits in the workhouse grounds and surrounding graveyards. Taken from The Truth Behind The Irish Famine, 100 images, 400 eye witness quotes: www.jerrymulvihill.com

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