Sophie from Nottingham, dressed in a re-created workhouse uniform at Southwell workhouse.
It can be seen here that the clothes are made of coarse fabric and are as shapeless, drab and unattractive as possible. Sophie's hair is covered, as was the requirement. She is wearing wooden clogs.
The walls in this room originally would have been like the others in the workhouse: painted brick with no decoration.
My thanks to Sophie for posing for this photograph — with an appropriate expression — and to her mother for permission to use the photo on the Victorian Web.
Last modified 16 November 2002