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Workhouse Walks: Retracing the full 1856 route

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leave from outside the former Bath Union Workhouse

St Martin's Hospital

Midford Road

Bath

BA2 5RS

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On 23 July 1856, the boys from the Bath Workhouse, with their schoolmaster William Winkworth, completed a walk of 16 miles from the Workhouse around the northern fringes of Bath, returning via Bathampton Down. This was the culmination of a series of walks around the parishes of Bath.

This is one of a series of performative walks in the summer of 2017.

Retracing the epic walk of July 1856 taking the boys to the parishes of Bath: approx 17 miles

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Registration is essential. Numbers are limited.

These walks are an attempt to explore on foot and with our bodies that journey and to examine the themes which may emerge as we reflect on those times from these times The first walk begins at the workhouse, the last returns us. In July join us for a walk as close as possible to the 1856 route. This project is developed in collaboration with Dr John Payne whose exhibition ‘Workhouse to Hospital’ at the Museum of Bath at Work opens on 18 May

The first walk begins in a field alongside the workhouse where the bodies of 3182 people who had the misfortune to die there between 1839 and 1899 are buried, in unmarked graves. Perhaps here lie the parents or grandparents of the boys, perhaps some of the boys themselves.


The project coincides with the exhibition Dr John Payne has researched: Workhouse to Hospital. for The Museum of Bath at Work. The exhibition records the history of the Bath Union Workhouse at Odd Down, now the site of St Martin’s Hospital.

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What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is on street parking and Odd Down park and ride is nearby. Bus stop directly outside on Midford Road

What shall I bring to the event?

Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for an outdoor activity. Carry your own snacks and water.

Bring sketchbooks, note books, cameras and smart devices.

....but please strictly no dogs!

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Richard White via his website http://www.walknowtracks.co.uk/

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leave from outside the former Bath Union Workhouse

St Martin's Hospital

Midford Road

Bath

BA2 5RS

United Kingdom

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