Secrets from the Workhouse (2013)


Fern Britton standing at an old operating theatre

Fern Britton at an old operating theatre © Wall To Wall

Production company: Wall To Wall Media Ltd

Kent locations: Wrotham and Plaxtol

Secrets from the Workhouse is a  two part ITV special that sees famous faces go on an emotionally charged journey to investigate how their ancestors lived a life of poverty in  a workhouse, which was where the poor, homeless, unemployed or ill were sent  in Nineteenth Century.  

Presenter Fern Britton, actor Brian Cox, actresses Felicity Kendal and Kiera Chaplin and author Barbara Taylor Bradford delve into the lives of their Victorian ancestors to uncover stories of heartache and sadness as well as tales of extraordinary triumph.

Fern Britton visited Wrotham and Plaxtol to investigate how her great, great, great grandfather, Friend Carter ended up in a workhouse in the area and the struggles he faced. 

Wrotham and Plaxtol are two neighbouring villages in Tonbridge and Malling. Both are picturesque and have the usual amenities such as a school, pubs and a church and had workhouses in Victorian times.

Don’t miss Secrets from the Workhouse on Tuesday 25th June and Tuesday 2nd June at 21:00 on ITV1.


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