The Workhouse was built in 1824 by the Reverend John Becher of Southwell, in Nottinghamshire. For over 150 years it housed the local poor, dominating the local landscape. But by 1997 this nationally important building was under threat of being turned into residential flats. Within a matter of weeks the National Trust stepped in to buy it with emergency funds, and started working to secure its long-term future as a monument to the Poor Laws and the poor. The Workhouse is expected to open to the public in 2002.