victorian workhouses


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  • A Victorian Workhouse
  • What were the condition like in the Workhouses?
  • What were days like for children in the Workhouses?
  • Working inside a workhouse was something no-one wanted to do. But, poor people had no choice. they had to otherwise they would have nowhere to live or nothing to eat.
  • What were the rules in the Workhouses?
  • The conditions in the Workhouses were horrible. People had to sleep cramped together and men, women and children were separated. This meant families were split apart. They wouldn't get much food either. Life in the Workhouses weren't very pleasant.
  • What was the food like in the Workhouses?
  • I don't think it like this food. It's horrible!!!
  • 8:30 - 12:00 Girls - Learning to read and write Boys - Work in the cardroom 12:00 - 1:00 Dinner 1:30 - 6:00 Girls - Knitting and sewing Boys - Reading and writing in the school room
  • What were the jobs in the Workhouses?
  • These offences were punished: • Making an offence when silence was ordered • Using obscene language • Pretending to be sick • Refusing to work
  • The typical workhouse diet • Breakfast - 7oz. of bread, 1 1/2 pints of gruel • Dinner - 1 1/2 pints of beef and vegetable soup • Supper - oz. bread, 2oz cheese
  • Jobs included: • Stone breaking - breaking boulders into really small pieces • Oakum Picking - you would get a piece of rope and have to put it into strands, then yarn, then the fibres • There were also other jobs
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