The Victorian Workhouse

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  • The Victorian workhouse
  • Punishment
  • Food, glorious, food!
  • You had to be pretty desperate to have to go to the workhouse. Very few who went in came out. It was run by a Workhouse porter and had a matron and nurse inside...
  • Work in the workhouse
  • Inmates were punished severely some of which including food being taken away and, in the worst cases, whipped.
  • Religion
  • A normal meal consisted of meat, bread, butter, cheese and beer.
  • Christmas in the workhouse
  • Work usually involved stone breaking; a physically demanding job and Oakum picking; known for making fingers bleed.
  • Inmates that were able were allowed to go to Church however if they were found loitering or begging then their next meal would be taken away.
  • Christmas in some workhouses was very enjoyable. The famous Christmas lunch consisted of prime roast beef, potatoes, roasted and boiled along with oranges and sweets for children.
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