Corporation Row, EC1R

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Named after the former New Corporation Work House, built here in the mid-1660s, following the “Act for the better reliefe of the poor of this country” which was passed in 1662. The legislation ensured that the various parishes around London should act as one body – a corporation – to pool their resources and provide a large workhouse for the the poor: “That from henceforth there be and shall be one or more Corporation or Corporation Workhouse… within the Burroughs, Towns, and places of the County of Middlesex.” It had earlier been known as Cut Throat Lane. The workhouse, first a prison and later a school.

 

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