What exactly what Scrooge referring to? Nothing pleasant, that's for sure: Georgian England exposed.
Frank Campbell writes:
Historian John Waller takes our powdered illusions and strips away the make-up. We see Georgian England through the experience of a "workhouse orphan bastard", Robert Blincoe (pictured). Four-year-old Blincoe was dumped in St Pancras Workhouse in 1796. Blincoe wasn't his real name. He never knew what that was. And DNA testing of his descendants shows that he wasn't related to any Blincoes.