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  • Workhouses: The Reality
  • Get back inside or your job is gone!
  • My child! They've taken him away.
  • Workhouses: The Reality Continued
  • It's been forever since I have seen my mother.
  • Off to the dark room! Hurry before it gets worse.
  • Dark room punishments
  • In Workhouses families would be separated and into men, women and children and then fro the able-bodied from the fit.
  • Food
  • Punishments for children included being locked away in a dark room but children under 12 were not allowed to be locked away
  • Punishments
  • Dark room were empty rooms with no light reaching into it what so ever. light would be stopped from coming in.
  • Jobs
  • For breakfast 7oz of bread and 1 and a half pints of gruel were given. For supper 6oz of bread and 2oz of cheese were given and for dinner 1 and a half pints of beef and vegetable soup were given.
  • I'm not sure whether I like this or not...
  • If found guilty of Neglect of work your dinner would be withheld but you would be given bread for supper. If you broke a window you would be sent to prison. Keep out of trouble!
  • Jobs included rope picking which was used for its fibre. It was separated into rope then strand then yarn then oakam. The jobs took away your dignity and you had no choice of work. The staff made you feel like you were punished for being poor.
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