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The Spike Heritage Centre

Adults

Children (5-16) & Concessions

Under 5

£6.00

£5.00

Free


 What to wear and bring

The Spike is an historic building and is dark and damp in places.  In winter it can get quite chilly inside the building and therefore we recommend that visitors dress in appropriate warm clothing and practical shoes.
There are currently no regular catering services available at the Spike but we can offer tea and coffee and, in fine weather, you are welcome to picnic in the Tramp Master’s Garden.

Imagine

the year is

1906

Welcome to the Spike

On the periphery of Guildford, the Guildford Union Workhouse stands as a testament to the current welfare system. Built in 1838 as a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, it houses the forgotten classes of Edwardian England – the poor, the infirm, the ill and the destitute.

In 1905, building work began to construct a purpose built Casual’s Ward to separate the ‘undesirable’ vagrants and their disruptive influence from the structured routine of the main Workhouse and its inmates.  With their filthy clothes, crude language and coarse behaviour, they live a lonely, miserable existence, but for a vagrant in 1906, it’s a way of life.........

Discover

See a working cell and what a vagrant had to do to earn his keep

Explore the lives of the Spike inmates and ‘types’ that stayed here

Learn about the treatment of the homeless, past and present

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Casual’s Ward



Group visits

The guided tours of the Spike present a unique opportunity for learning at all ages. We welcome groups to come and discover the site and engage in history.

If you are a school then we offer so much more than History!  The Spike makes a great core material for many other curriculum subjects, write about it, test your maths with traditional units of measure and currency and don’t forget Social History.  We have well tested lesson plans to cover many KS1 and KS2 subjects.

If you are an adult group then why not come on one of our extended tours and discuss what you have discovered over post tour refreshments.  For larger parties (20 or more) we can complete the morning with a buffet luncheon.


 For teachers

A Learning Resource Pack for KS1 and KS2 can be found here

A copy of the Spike quiz can be downloaded here

Opening times

Tuesday and Saturday, 10:00 until 16:00 or by appointment from mid January to mid December (please check in winter months) drop in for your guided tour.
(please notify us in advance if you or a member of your group has special needs.  Most of the Spike is accessible by wheel chair and we can reserve a parking space).

Contact information

Group bookings and educational visits can be made in advance for any day of the week.  Our evening tours are highly recommended - details on request.

Contact us by phone: 01483 598420


Email: heritage@charlotteville.co.uk

Finding us

The Spike    

Warren Road, Guildford

SURREY  GU1 3JH


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