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Sharing a couple of old woodies, nothing that special in themselves, however they have evidence a interesting part of Britain’s turn of the century social history.

Both originally belonged to the Holborn Union Workhouse, which came about from years of amalgamation and collaboration of south London workhouses.

With a little detective work online and the help of a knowledgeable friend, I now know that the Union had, from around 1870s, as part of its infrastructure an Industrial School in South London.
The school was teaching young children, and included a carpentry shop used maintain the buildings, furniture & fittings as well as teaching the trade to boys.
The hollow plane was made by W Preston, Pentonville, recall reading somewhere a William Preston related to Edward.
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