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.
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.