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  • Hello. My name is Damon and I am from BBC panorama to show you how it is completely unacceptable how the people are treated. The story I will be showing is the devastating scandal of Andover and how the master treated these people terribly.
  • I will do whatever I want boy.
  • Please don't hurt me!
  • I feel so bad for him.
  • The master of Andover was very strict on the people in this workhouse and didn't feed them the regulated amount of food that he was meant to.
  • I'm starving sir. Please! I need some more food!
  • No-one as unimportant people like you don't deserve even this much food.
  • Sometimes me and the other inmates who do bone crushing get so hungry that we have to eat the rotting meat and bone marrow off the bones we crush. I doesn't taste nice but it is better than starving.
  • “…we used to tell the fresh bones by the look of them and then we used to be like a parcel of dogs after them; some were not so particular about the bones being fresh as others. I like the fresh bones – I never touched one that was a little high; the marrow was as good as the meat. It was all covered over by bone; that was when they were fresh and good. Sometimes I have had one that was stale and stunk and I eat it even then. I eat it when it was stale and stinking because I was hungered, I suppose. You see we only had bread and gruel for breakfast, and as there was no bread allowed on meat days for dinner, we saved our bread from breakfast, and then, having had only gruel for breakfast, we were hungry before dinner-time. To satisfy our hunger a little, because a pint and a half of gruel is not much for a man’s breakfast, we eat the stale and stinking meat. If we could get a fresh bone we did not take the stale and stinking meat. The allowance of potatoes at dinner on meat days is half a pound, but we used to get nearly a pound, seven or eight middling sized potatoes. The food we got in the workhouse was very good; I could not wish better, all I wanted was a little more… I have seen a man named Reeves eat horse-flesh off the bones.”
  • At the enquiry, this is what 61-year-old Samuel Green described as what happened when fresh bones arrived at the Andover Workhouse.
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