The Spike’ Vagrants and Casuals Ward offers an uncomfortable insight into life for Edwardian vagrants and tramps.


The Spike, Stone Breaking Goggles
Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

Built alongside the Guildford Workhouse, it is one of the only remaining examples of a building from the Poor Law era.

Dating to the 1870s, these goggles were an early form of eye protection given to inmates of the Workhouse and the Spike.

The protection is given by a fine black japan wire mesh, the goggles were held on with a lace.

Often the stones that were pounded in Surrey were flint, and eye protection was essential.

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