Care of the poor 16
As can be seen on the previous page, the Rhayader workhouse was very busy with casual relief to tramps who needed food and shelter as they were passing through the area. This was provided in the casual wards of the workhouse in return for work breaking stones.
Local tradition has it that the tramps initially were fed first and then required to report to the yard at the back for a day's work. Not surprisingly the tramps would often eat first and then climb the wall and get away over the fields. The system was later reversed to prevent this.
The minute books record that from 1880, when the numbers of tramps claiming relief had greatly increased, they were accommmodated two to a bed overnight.
at the rear of
was bought from local quarries and brought to the workhouse especially
for breaking up by the inmates.
They worked in this building at the rear of the workhouse, each with his own space before a window, breaking up rocks into small stones.
This smaller aggregate was then sold for use on the roads. Whatever care the inmates received at the workhouse - in the form of food and shelter - they certainly had to work hard for.
Photograph by kind permission of Winston Collins
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