Thursday Doors – The Poorhouse (2)

Following on from last week’s Thursday Doors, these are some photos of one side of the Bawnboy workhouse site. I took them as I made my way towards the rear of the buildings. Some of the roofs are still in good condition and may have been repaired over the years but many are in bad shape and have fallen in.

This is at the rear, around where the infirmary was.

I have no idea if this was originally a door or a window but it’s not very high.

This tiny building had some work done on its roof in the past, as part of a training scheme. If you became ill for any reason and had to be admitted to the infirmary (the building in the background of the photograph) you might have ended up here. It’s the mortuary and the tiny intact roof stood out starkly against the backdrop of the one behind it.

It looks bigger from the inside than from the outside and has two windows facing each other, allowing lots of light in.

Looking through the doorway you see an expanse of grass leading to the last journey you would embark on.

My companion that day was in no hurry to leave, so we followed the sign for the cemetery. Looking back you can still see the tiny mortuary.

We walked along the pathway, past a picnic table until we came to an overgrown track.

Just as we were thinking we had taken a wrong turn we spotted a single headstone in the midst of the trees.

It was strange to think that we were in the middle of a graveyard covered with trees instead of headstones.

I like the reference to the hope of a resurrection written at the top.

The setting was so peaceful and the wildflowers were in abundance under the shade of the trees. We even found orchids scattered here and there, alongside clover and meadowsweet.

Here is a link to a bit of the history of the workhouse with some good interior shots.

Bawnboy Workhouse

If you take a trip over to Norm’s blog you’ll find part two of his fascinating tour of Kingston Penitentiary in Canada. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll be posting part 3 of The Poorhouse series on next week’s Thursday Doors.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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27 Responses to Thursday Doors – The Poorhouse (2)

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos of a melancholy place to visit. There are so many unanswered questions in those buildings. I like the “they will arise” reference, too. A bit of hope.

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Ally described it well – melancholic. Beautiful setting but such a sad subject.
    With these posts you conveyed both the beauty and the sadness quite well through your words and images πŸ™‚

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  3. Sheree says:

    A lovely collection of scene-setting photos.

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  4. Really beautiful and solemn place.

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  5. Prior... says:

    I felt moved by the time I got to the they will rise on the headstone followed by that flower – and the whole topic is a heavy one! Nice post.
    I also watched BBC’s mini doc called The Mill – and they featured a workhouse that’s was similar -May we never go back to having those .

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  6. Junieper2 says:

    Love your shots with the windows on each side, at least one building with some more lift. Interesting that they stucco-ed over the brick! Yes, the head stones are speaking of hope! Putting these buildings in the landscape, it looks friendlier than all the metal around the prisons now!

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    At least they had a beautiful resting place. Beautiful wild flowers!

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  8. sjhigbee says:

    Very moving and poignant… thank you for sharing, Jean.

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  9. TCast says:

    Great post of a lovely place, Jean.

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  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    I think everyone else said it so well in their comments. This is a very sad and melancholy place – if only the walls could talk πŸ˜•

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  11. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for bringing us back, Jean. my mind wanders as I look around. It’s hard to imagine what life must have been like. I’m glad some of this is still standing.

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  12. jorgekafkazar says:

    Another evocative post, full of poignancy. Here’s an apropos tune to go with it:

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  13. joey says:

    I have a fondness for your flower shots in each of these posts, maybe because you place them toward the end of such sad tales. I love the window shots here, too. Poignant writing, headstone is so moving, but now, now that it’s just a place, it’s beautiful.

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