Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas in the Workhouse

From Workhouse Tales:
In the years following the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the central authorities in London ruled that no extra food or drink should be given to paupers in workhouses at Christmas. Many local poor law unions ignored this directive including the guardians of Swansea Union. In 1837, The Cambrian newspaper reported that: ‘The paupers of Swansea Union were regaled on Christmas Day with an excellent dinner of roast beef and plum pudding, by a few individuals who subscribed the necessary sum for the laudable purpose’. (Read more.)


Anonymous said...

Many thanks for featuring my blog Workhouse Tales and introducing me to yours! Lesley

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