Bath Workhouse Burial Ground: Walking the Names

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Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, England, United Kingdom

As you walk in this space, listen..... Below your feet are the bodies of more than 3000 people who died of poverty in the Bath Union Workhouse between 1858 and 1899. There are layered readings from the Burial Register made during the virus lockdown, poetry from John Payne and perhaps some more. Let it go quiet, move to trigger the next Echo. Use the play and pause button to renew Echoes

Here in this field a rich city in a rich country at the centre of the richest Empire dumped the bodies of its poor.

The dead were officially and punitively denied the dignity of a 'decent' funeral, bodies were taken in a tunnel under the road and buried behind high stone walls. The authorities were consoled that at least they were buried in consecrated ground.

The ground is still consecrated. Bath and NE Somerset Council own and manage the site. Pay your respects by adding to the 'poor' memorial in the centre with a name flag or flowers or a small stone.

More info: http://www.walknowtracks.co.uk/workhouse-walks.html


AUTHOR

Richard White (Walknow)Richard White (Walknow)

UK based walking and multimedia artist/researcher with specialist interest in 'reluctant' heritage and social justice.

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