Ripon Workhouse Museum
A Workhouse has stood on this site since 1776. A Commission of Enquiry was appointed in 1832 and Ripon was found to have 33 inmates. 11 men,
11 boys, 9 women and 2 girls. Anyone that was "able bodied" spent 8 hours a day breaking stones to mend roads. The youngest inmate,
Matthew Colby, was only 2 weeks old.
In 1877, a seperate block of buildings was provided for vagrants. There, they would have an evening meal, a bed for the night and then leave
the next day after completing a designated task.
The museum is housed in the former male vagrants section where there are 14 cells where the unfortunates were locked in for the night.
The museum provides a harsh touch of reality and insight into what poverty once meant to the poor.
Ripon Museum Trust
The Workhouse Museum
Tel: 01765 690799