What a strange and depressing view, waking in the mornings to throw open the curtains of Honeysuckle Hotel and gaze across to the Workhouse. I can’t imagine any but the hard-hearted wishing to stay there. If I’ve read the map right it is now a Tesco express and the Workhouse long gone, even Union Lane is no more. But in 1873, the walk from Union Workhouse to Central Library (let’s say Shipcote House – the library being a relatively late arrival) would have been through fields and along tree-lined country paths. I will be recreating the route on March 7th as a ‘hidden history’ walk if you’d like to join me.