Care of the poor 13
At last the workhouse opens

  The first inmates
The Guardians set up sub-committees to look into furnishings and dietary arrangements for the new workhouse. All this took time of course, but finally the workhouse was equipped and the dietary tables of the Biggleswade Union adopted for Rhayader.
In August 1879 outdoor relief was stopped for a number of paupers and they were required to leave their homes and present themselves at the workhouse. Once there they lost contact with family and friends in the outside world.  

County Archives

These first inmates were:-
John Cleaton (no family) of Llanyre; Elizabeth Williams (and 3 children) of Abbey Cwmhir; Margaret Lewis (and 1 child) of Rhayader; Edward Hughes (no family), Margaret Jane Lewis (& 2 children), Margaret Meredith (and 1 child), Sarah Lewis (and 1 child), Elizabeth Wilding (and 4 children), Elizabeth Lewis (and 2 children) all of Saint Harmon; Thomas Weale (no family) of Llanyre; Mary Owen (at present in Knighton workhouse) of Nantmel.
 The former
now the Brynafon
Country House
Hotel, with all the
modern comforts


Some Rhayader Union paupers in other workhouses were brought back and installed in the Rhayader workhouse. Casual wards and a porter's lodge were also added to the institution.
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