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My contact information is given on a separate page. I first became interested in workhouses while researching my family history. I discovered that my great-great-grandfather had died in a workhouse and that his death had been registered by the matron. I also became fascinated by the buildings after seeing an old Victorian Ordnance Survey map of the town where I then lived. At the edge of town was a huge hexagonal shape which dwarfed everything in the area. Eager to discover more, I visited the local libraries but found that they had precious little information about the large and fearsome building which had stood there for the best part of a century. This web site, which began life at the start of , is the result of my researches and visits to hundreds of former workhouse sites across the British Isles, from Truro to Thurso, and from Dover to Donegal. At the last count, it contained over web pages, photos and illustrations, and maps and plans. All this work has been done entirely in my spare time and is totally self-funded, so donations are always very welcome and appreciated. I also regularly present talks on subjects such as the workhouse — more information on my talks web page.


Selby Abbey Selby Abbey is one of the largest parish churches in Britain and is larger than several cathedrals. In the past, Selby had a large shipbuilding industry and was an important port, due to the Selby Canal which brought trade from Leeds. It was the first new mine in the UK for decades and seen as a rejoinder to widespread concern that the British mining industry was effectively shutting down, particularly following the defeat of the miners’ strike. Wistow Colliery , which was part of the Selby Coalfield , holds the UK record for coal mined in one week— , tonnes in

But yesterday, after repeated inquiries from the Daily Mail, Cunningham Management removed all reference to Verity from the website, including her CV.

How does TVs Claire Verity sleep at night? Reluctantly, the exhausted mother agrees. Scroll down for more The woman has, after all, submitted her child to a controversial reality TV experiment designed to compare childcare methods, and Verity espouses a rigorous routine. Crying babies should be ignored, infants need to be left outside for long periods “to air” and cuddle time must be limited to ten minutes a day. When one father asks if he can kiss his new daughter, she snaps: These techniques and bold claims have made Verity, 42, a controversial figure.

Angry viewers have complained in their hundreds to the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, accusing her of child abuse. Children’s organisations have made official complaints to Channel 4, claiming her methods are harmful and outdated, and she has been nicknamed the Cruella de Vil of the baby world and even been spat at in the street. Princess Diana apparently asked her for tips, Verity says, and she has had to turn down a host of famous names, from Tony Blair to Mel B, because of her busy diary.

Indeed, so close is Verity to celebrity parents that she claims to have had a romantic encounter with Rolling Stone Sir Mick Jagger within hours of taking charge of his newborn baby. Now, however, it seems that it is Channel 4 and the guinea pig families who submitted their newborns to her “expert” care who are in for a bit of a shock.

For last week it emerged that, far from being a qualified childcare professional, Verity could be something of a fraud. When contacted by a journalist conducting an investigation into her credentials, the organisations where she claims to have obtained various diplomas could not find a record of her.

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Imperial College London and Warwick both granted 80 per cent firsts or 2: At Bath University the figure was 76 per cent last year compared with just 35 per cent in Prof Alan Smithers, director of Buckingham University’s centre for education and employment research, and a long-standing critic of falling standards, said: Imperial was followed by Warwick, Bath and Cambridge, which all awarded firsts to 23 per cent of graduates. In comparison, in Warwick awarded firsts to just 6 per cent of graduates, Bath 8 per cent and Cambridge 13 per cent.

Among 20 institutions which provided their figures for , the average proportion awarded firsts was just 7 per cent. By , the year Labour took power, it was 8 per cent but in the last 13 years the proportion of firsts at the institutions has risen to 14 per cent. Other figures to be revealed include: Northampton University, formerly Nene College of Higher Education, saw a sevenfold rise in first class honours between and last year, with the proportion awarded jumping from 2 per cent to 14 per cent.

Firsts awarded by Sunderland have quadrupled since Labour’s election victory, from 3 per cent to 12 per cent, and at Teesside they have risen from 4 per cent to 14 per cent. The proportion of firsts awarded by Greenwich University in London tripled from 4 per cent in to 12 per cent last year, as did the number at Liverpool John Moores, also from 4 per cent to 12 per cent.

Firsts awarded by Coventry University have almost tripled since , up from 6 per cent then to 17 per cent last year Hertfordshire University saw the proportion of firsts rise from 8 per cent to 18 per cent over the year period, while Kent University saw a rise from 4 per cent to 15 per cent. The number of firsts awarded by Bournemouth University has more than doubled since , from 5 per cent to 12 per cent last year; while at Sheffield Hallam the rise was from 5 per cent to 13 per cent, at Northumbria from 6 per cent to 15 per cent and at the University of East Anglia from 7 per cent to 15 per cent.

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Over the coming months, many people nominated unsung heroes for recognition, and The Press and City of York Council teamed up to present 50 York and District Medals. By the morning of Tuesday 29 December, most businesses were beginning the clean-up. Technical Water Rescue teams in breathing apparatus went into the flooded basement of the Foss Barrier to retrieve the electrical cabling, to accelerate the repair work. Deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick said on December Around homes and businesses have been directly affected by flooding in the city centre.

The Ouse on December The Environment Agency said on the night of December Work on the Foss Barrier has been ongoing throughout much of People were urged to contact friends and neighbours, or vulnerable relatives in the affected areas. Ahead of the worst of the flood, earlier warnings had been issued for the Ouse at Clifton and the Foss at Huntington Road and Foss Island.

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History[ edit ] Positioned on the shores of a glacial lake at the end of the last Ice Age , Pickering was in an ideal place for early settlers to benefit from the multiple natural resources of the moorlands to the north, the wetlands to the south, running water in the beck and the forests all around. It had wood, stone, wildfowl , game, fish, fresh water and fertile easily worked soils. The east—west route from the coast passed along the foothills of the North York Moors through the site at a place where the beck could be forded.

Legendary sources suggest an early date for the establishment of a town but traces of earlier settlements have been erased by subsequent development. According to the Domesday Book there was enough arable land for 27 ploughs, meadows and extensive woodlands. The town may have grown up to service the Norman castle.

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Huntington Rd and Foss Islands closed. Because of water entering the Foss Barrier building the pumps are in danger of failing due to electrical failure. The decision has been taken to lift the Foss Barrier as if it fails in the down position water will be unable to discharge into the River Ouse. People in these areas should start to move valuables to upper floors and be prepared to be evacuated.

Please listen to media, local radio for updates and any instructions issued by emergency services. Co-operate with the emergency services and call if you are in immediate danger. The group only meets when the River Ouse levels reach, or are expected to reach, 4. Current road closures in York, include: Diversions may be in place which may result in slightly longer journey times. This is due to minor flooding in the basement of the buidling.

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North of the church at the top of the hill is Pickering Castle , which was built in the late 11th century to defend the area against the Scots and Danes.

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