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Slide set: In the workhouse (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 9 slides, 1890)

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Slide 1**
It is Christmas Day in the Workhouse, and the cold bare walls are bright
Slide 2**
'Great God!' he cries; 'but it chokes me! for this is the day she died'
Slide 3**
He looked at the guardians' ladies, then, eyeing their lords, he said:
Slide 4**
'Keep your hands off me, curse you! hear me right out ot the end'
Slide 5**
'I came to the parish, craving bread for a starving wife'
Slide 6**
'I slunk to the filthy alley -- 'twas a cold, raw Christmas eve'
Slide 7**
'All through that eve I watched her, holding her hand in mine'
Slide 8**
'I rushed from the room like a madman, and flew to the workhouse gate'
Slide 9**
'For there in the silv'ry moonlight my Nance lay, cold and still'
Slide 3 (rpt)**
'You, who would feast us paupers, what of my murdered wife?'
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Number of slides
Other related organisations

in stock of Walter Tyler, dates unknown

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1890-1914 (item ref. 280)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 457)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 430)

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

George R. Sims, ‘In the workhouse’ in several compilations

People appearing in slides

BAMFORTH, James  (1842-1911), all 10 slides

BAMFORTH, Mrs Martha  (1843-1894) – slides 1-4, 3 (rpt)


The 1906 North of England Temperance League catalogue uses the title Christmas in the Workhouse.


10 slides known to exist in private collection

10 slides known to exist in private collection

10 slides known to exist in private collection

Subject keyword
SIMS, George R.  (1847-1922)
Lucerna ID  3000606

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