Sunday, 18 September 2011

A welcoming face?

This splendidly cross-eyed face peers out over the entrance to the old Westwood workhouse and infirmary in Beverley, a place where the poor and destitute were housed and put to work. Over the years the workhouse was closed and the infirmary became a NHS hospital. Despite intense local opposition the hospital is due to close and be replaced by a new state of the art building which I bet will not have a sculpture like this welcoming patients.

1 comment:

  1. A great face, I love the way the Victorians went to some lengths to add some art to many of the building they erected. Interesting to note the workhouse called the people there inmates.
    I suspect some of our politicians regret the closing of the workhouses. Though I find this attitude odd when they closed most of the asylums and cast the patients out to "care in the community".