I've been doing the usual Google Browse on the topic of the Workhouse versus Industrial Work Home. They seem to be one in the same. I doubt that I found anything new for you but had a wonderful time reading what I did find.
One reference did indeed refer to this as being where a young unwed mother would go to have her babe. What happened to the babe I couldn't find out. It also stated that this would be the plight of a woman without means and that it was not unusual for her family to disown her for good. I was however intrigued by the your statement of her being in a wheel chair. I wonder if that was a result of the hard life in the work house, old age, or part of why she was in there in the first place. I also tried to find out if the mentally ill would be placed in a workhouse and got nothing definative but not definite no's either. In the early 1900's mental illness, especially in women was a far cry from what we consider madness today. Have you considered that as an avenue?
Best of luck and thanks for another avenue of history to read my way through.
Many people were placed in the in these dark sad places instead of prison.
Many were not mentally ill.....just suffering from ailments like stress or in womans cases the baby blues.....Bedlam was an old Asylum that even now has a word in the English language.....saying it was Bedlam means madness or disorder.
Good to see your post has sparked some more interest and good info too.
What happened to her sibling Jan E Lang male 3yrs born Hong Kong from 1901 Scots census? (could it be Ian?)
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