New booklet traces history of Havant’s old workhouse

The cover of the workhouse booklet.
The cover of the workhouse booklet.
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For all those interested in the history of Havant, Robert Young has just produced an A5-sized booklet on the Havant Union Workhouse.

The book is the 46th in the Havant collection from The Spring Arts & Heritage centre collection. All of them are a good read.

The workhouse used to stand on the corner of West Street and Union Road and existed for at least 200 years until it closed in 1936.

The booklet also includes a short chapter on the Hayling Island Poor House.

The 11-verse poem In The Workhouse – Christmas Day is published in full in the booklet.

Written by journalist George Robert Sims in 1903, it was acclaimed throughout the English-speaking world.

The 60-page booklet costs £5 and is available from Ralph Cousins on (023) 9248 4024 or via