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A workhouse was a place where poor individuals could live in exchange for work.

The Retreat was a workhouse that was converted into an asylum in the 19th century. (PROSE: The Sleep of Reason)

In 1851, Mercy Hartigan used children from a workhouse to operate machinery that generated electricity to power the CyberKing. (TV: The Next Doctor)

In the 1890s, Henry Gordon Jago feared being sent to the workhouse if he could not gain employment as the master of ceremonies of a theatre. (AUDIO: The Mahogany Murderers)

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