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)