Wigan Workhouse11 Comments
Photo: RON HUNT
Item #: 33422
I only know about this place because my grandfather died here. I remember him being taken away on a stretcher from our house. It's very strange what stays in a child's memory.
The workhouse howl that met no warm,
No one to catch and carry home ,
Just empty spaces , voids in mind ,
Truth to ignore , better blind ...
But Karma carries , it cannot rest ,
It’s very Nature is waiting best ,
For those who howled must sing one day ,
And those who caused it, shall better pray ..
"The Workhouse Howl" featured in a Christmas episode of "Call the Midwife". It was a heart- breaking episode.
Yes,I can remember that episode of 'Call The Midwife'
I remember that episode Irene, it showed just how good at serious acting Sheila Reid could be, she was lately better known as playing Madge in the comedy series Benidorm.
I remember seeing that episode... if I'm not mistaken I think the actress has died. She was brilliant in it and the Benidorm series, if anything she made that series I have never watched it since.
She's still around Veronica and still acting at 83. I didn't know she's a Glaswegian and I saw a film recently on Talking Pictures in which she was playing a part and was talking in a Scottish accent, she never gave a hint of her Scottish accent in Benidorm though.
She says her Scottish accent was knocked out of her at Drama School, I didn't know that she is also a professional singer, she did sing on Benidorm, though I would imagine that to be in her Madge accent.
Only just seen this Information Cyril . I'll look it up... good for her that she's still working. I had never heard of her before Benidorm.
Veronica, she was also in Mrs. Caldicott's Cabbage War and the first time I saw it I cried when she sang "We'll Gather Lilacs".
I haven't seen that one Irene. I wonder if I can get it on iplayer. ( Cyril a Google will know ;o)) )