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A trip to the Spike

Year 6 enjoy a visit to the workhouse

On February 26th Year 6 went to the Spike which was part of the old Guildford Union Workhouse where undesirable vagrants went for a bed for the night. They were given a tour by the 'tramp master' complete with spike which was used to start the hard task of unpicking old ships' rope into fibres; money for old rope! A visit to the cells, a description of the bathwater and finding out about those unfortunate enough to stay in the Spike made them realise how lucky they were not to be alive then!