Workhouse address

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Regarding the recent discussion, (Letters, June 8), of the “2/12 Herries Road” address on death certificates, Vin Malone is quite correct in saying that it was to avoid the stigma of the workhouse association.

The practice originally began in 1904 for birth certificates and was extended in around 1920 to death certificates.

Once established, the custom carried on for many years, even into the post-NHS era.

The shame of workhouse was such that even until relatively recent times, many elderly people refused to enter hospitals that had previously been workhouses.

Peter Higginbotham

Cheltenham Avenue, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS19