Cleveland Street Workhouse

Cleveland Street Workhouse Family HistoryI  received an email from Ruth Richardson regarding the Cleveland Street Workshop that had been under threat of demolition a while back. I was so pleased when the news came through that the campaign for common sense to prevail was successful. Although I understand that certain issues still have to be resolved before the building is 100% safe from harm.

The email gave me two pieces of good news about the Workhouse. Firstly there is a book published about the history of the workhouse and the four years of Charles Dickens’s life when he lived only a few doors away.

Secondly Camden Council has agreed to a blue plaque being placed on Dickens’s old home on the corner of Tottenham Street and Cleveland Street, now No. 22 Cleveland Street. Planning permission and listed building consent were hurdles that had to be overcome plus the agreement of the house’s owners who happily gave their consent. The date and time of the unveiling will be announced shortly.

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