The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) has published a blog about its archaeological dig on the Oriel site that sheds light on the people who lived and worked on the site in the 19th century.

The blog explains how court records help to tell the stories of the people of St Pancras workhouse, and the medical care which took place there.

It shares the experiences of a doctor, Walter Dunlop, a superintendent, Elizabeth Swincoe and a nurse, Annie Taapf who helped care for adults and children in the workhouse.

St Pancras Workhouse didn’t just provide medical care for the people who lived in the workhouse.

MOLA’s research revealed that other residents of the local area were taken to the workhouse for treatment. In fact, over a century before the NHS was established, the workhouse was a vital healthcare provider in London.

Read MOLA’s blog.

The archaeological dig was one of the conditions of the planning permission granted by Camden Council in 2022.