The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

Catherine Street Workhouse

Catherine Street Workhouse in Plymouth had been in operation since 1630 and continued on the site until 1850. It was completely overwhelmed in 1849 due to the arrival of Irish emigrants fleeing the famine in Ireland and the outbreak of a virulent cholera epidemic. A more modern workhouse was constructed at Greenbank to replace this Seventeenth Century one. In this photograph, you can see St. Andrews church in the background.

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by Stephen Luscombe