Workhouses 1800s

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  • many of the poor had to live in a workhouse, it was the last resort and it was horrible, many people hated them but had to try and survive.
  • many people had to work in the houses however in the eton works houses children as young as 3 months were living there. the workhouses weren't clean and were purely filthy and weren't good for babies to be in or anyone.
  • the bedrooms were small and cramped with only one window, men and women and boys and girls were all split up. Leaving some children with out seeing a parent for week.
  • the food in the workhouses was to the absolute minimum with only 7 oz. of bread, half a pint of gruel breakfast and 1 1/2pints of beef stew for lunch and 2 oz. of cheese and 6 oz. of cheese
  • The jobs in the workhouses were horrible and extremely painfall. The jobs ranged from unpicking ropes to breaking rocks! However they wouldn't get any money for this day's work only get a tiny amount of food and a horrible place to sleep.
  • A new law was passed making the work houses even worse, many of the owners wanted cheap labor and the way they could do that is by employing orphans.
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