Cleveland Street Workhouse Petition

A Georgian workhouse has been discovered on Cleveland St, central London, which needs to be listed if it is to avoid demolition. This is a very rare survival and it may have an important literary connection.

The campaign needs more signatures asap to prove it’s a popular cause while the government considers its future.

Interestingly, it turns out that Dickens lived nearby, so it was probably the model for the workhouse in Oliver Twist. The petition is here: scroll down to sign it. The website for the campaign is here: and includes links to planning applications for the site.

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