workhouse at Forden
Care of the poor
|In and out of the workhouse|
Once a poor person had taken the
desperate step of asking the Union for help he or she would usually shut
away in the workhouse.
Once inside it was very difficult to get out
again. The Union would only let you out if you could support
" 24th 1 Dead - Jemima Austin - Berriew, 1 committed to the House of Correction - Ann Williams P[ool] Lower
24th 1 admitted - Robert Bufton - Pool Lower
23rd 1 dischd - Sarah Beady - Worthin [Worthen]"
|Here three people left the workhouse but only Sarah Beady left for normal life on the outside. Poor Jemima Austin of Berriew left to be buried and Ann Williams of Welshpool left the workhouse to go to prison.|
elderly couples who were simply too old to be able to work ended up in the
workhouse. Here they were separated
and spent the last days of their lives.
This was a fate that thousands of working people across the land dreaded.