Detention room in London's Bridewell Hospital, for homeless, impoverished, and probably single or unwed mothers. British Poor

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Image ID: CWBW1R
Detention room in London's Bridewell Hospital, for homeless, impoverished, and probably single or unwed mothers. British Poor Law required paupers be returned to their rural parishes, who were responsible for the local care of the poor. Before return, the women paupers and their children were detained in low stalls with hay for bedding. Drawing by Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin, ca. 1808.