TAKE A PEEK at the images here to see just some of the variety of things on offer and why we are so passionate about supporting the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse – such a magical museum here in the heart of Norfolk.
Gressenhall Workhouse came into being as a workhouse for the poor and destitute in 1834, where the policy seemed to have been one of keeping costs down to a minimum by making life so unpleasant for the in-mates, thus dissuading paupers from living there.
Originally built on the site of Chapel Farm, the building first became used as a ‘house of industry’ for poor from neighbouring villages.
Men and women were separated, and entire families split up, forced to reside in different dormitories within the Workhouse.
Men were allocated hard work, such as pumping water and moving carts of gravel and stone for general building work or that for use on roads.
The women worked for their keep in the kitchens and wash-houses, doing domestic chores and cooking for the inmates.
The only real benefits were those of healthcare - though rudimentary - and education.
Like most workhouses, Gressenhall closed in the late 1940s, becoming, for a while - like others - a home for the elderly and infirm.
In 1975, the Friends of Gressenhall was formed with the intent of preserving the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, which opened as a museum in 1976.
As you may have seen earlier (More About Us), the Friends have been instrumental in supporting the Museum and its loyal volunteer work-force since those early days.
During that time a great many donations, gratefully received, from members of the Friends of Gressenhall have funded many projects including the purchase of all the Suffolk Horses.
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