The Life and Death of Hannah Wiltshire

A Case Study of Bedminster Union Workhouse and Victorian Social Attitudes on Epilepsy

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During the year of 1855 rumours of murder and cover up were circulating in the small north Somerset village of Walton-in-Gordano. An epileptic destitute country girl had died in the local historic institution known as Bedminster Union Workhouse. Her death caused local and public outrage after letters were written to the local newspapers. The Board of Guardians of Bedminster Workhouse were suspected of concealing the true magnitude of neglect at the workhouse leading to accusations of medical […]

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