Stories From Shaftesbury’s Workhouse With Historian Chris Stupples

Chris Stupples has investigated the history of Shaftesbury’s former workhouse.

The structure would have been a formidable sight on the corner of Breach Lane and today’s Umbers Hill. The building was demolished in 1947.

The workhouse was located on Breach Lane

Chris says the biggest surprise during his research was learning that many children lived there. He explains what the workhouse system hoped to achieve and what life would have been like for the residents.