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Exterior of Workhouse Site Expansion in 2017
Workhouse Museum & Garden

Hard times, vagrants and the poor law unions

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From our blog:

Urchins, Sprogs and Guttersnipes - The Facts!

20 March 2017

Here are a few facts taken from our new displays which tell the tales of not so lucky children in Victorian Ripon…

#1 An Urchin is a young boy or girl, especially poorly or raggedly dressed...

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Workhouse gardens are rare survivals. The Ripon Workhouse kitchen garden has been carefully restored, and is maintained by the Trust, in order to bring it back into use.

The garden is maintained by a team of volunteers who use Victorian horticultural practices but with a 21st Century attitude towards the environment and a sustainable future.

About an acre in size, it lies on a slope behind the Workhouse site, with both original and access paths for all visitors to be able to enjoy the variety of vegetables, fruit and herbs that are all sourced from Victorian or older varieties including ‘Fellside Hero’ potatoes and ‘Dog’s Snout’ apples!

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Opening Times

The Workhouse museum is open 11.00 - 16.00 and the Courthouse and Prison and Police Museums are open 13.00 - 16.00. Come and see whats new! Special opening event 

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Until 2 years ago the workhouse garden was an over-grown wilderness

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I really liked that everyone was very nice and friendly and let you join in. It was all very interesting and I would love to come again.

Ethan Burton

Access

The Workhouse Garden is fully accessible for wheelchair users