Campaign to preserve London's 'Oliver Twist' workhouse

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Campaigners are celebrating a "major milestone" in the fight to save a London workhouse thought to have inspired the work of Charles Dickens.

The Cleveland Street Workhouse Group (CSWG) wants the 18th Century building in Fitzrovia - earmarked for demolition - to be given listed status.

It claims a positive English Heritage report acknowledges its "historical and architectural" contribution to London.

A government statement said a decision "will be taken in due course".

According to campaigners the former Strand Union Workhouse was built in 1775 and is the best preserved Georgian-era workhouse in central London....

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