Florence Nightingale's brightest and most hardworking pupil, who came to Liverpool at the invitation of William Rathbone to tackle the dreadful conditions in Brownlow Hill Workhouse Infirmary. Trained nurses were a novelty in the Infirmary, since the existing policy was to make conditions inside the workhouse worse than those available to the working poor outside.
As well as dealing with the pitiful conditions of the place, Agnes Jones therefore had to fight the hostility of the governess and board who ran the institution. She died of typhus, aged just 35, but not before she had played a vital part in the process of raising standards of hygiene and nursing care to the levels we now consider civilised.
More details of her life and work here.
Details about memorials to Agnes Jones can be found on the Scottie Press website here.
Liverpool's first workhouse was on the corner of College Lane and Hanover Street. In 1771 a this new one was erected in the land between Mount Pleasant and Brownlow Hill. This survived until after the First World War. Today the Catholic Cathedral stands on the site.
For a description of life in the Brownlow Hill workhouse in 1834, click
Workhouse and Poor Law
More about the workhouse and the effect of the poor law on Liverpool is explained in this 1999 lecture by Mike Royden. click