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Encyclopedia > Sampson Kempthorne

Sampson Kempthorne(1809-1873) was a workhouse architect. He began practicing in Carlton Chambers on Regent Street in London. His father was a friend of the Poor Law Commissioner Thomas Frankland Lewis which may have helped him to get the commission to build workhouses 1809 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Former workhouse at Nantwich, dating from 1780 A workhouse was a place where people who were unable to support themselves could go to live and work. ... Architect at his drawing board, 1893 An architect is a person involved in the planning, designing and oversight of a buildings construction. ... The Quadrant at the bottom of Regent Street. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ...

Kempthorne came up with two designs - the square plan and the hexagonal or "Y" plan - both contained sections for the different types of inmates (men, women, boys, girls, infirm). The space between different wings was used to provide areas where inmates could exercise - segregated from the other groups.

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  • Article from workhouse.org



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