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The workhouse at Forden
Care of the poor
  The staff of the Union  
The list on the left is the staff who worked for the Forden Union in the January of 1872.  
Workhouse drawing
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On each line you can see the name of the person, the job they did, and how much pay they got. Below is more information about these jobs.

1. Revd. Harrison - the chaplain of the Union - would have held prayers at the workhouse which the inmates were expected to attend.

2. W'house Med. Officer. [Workhouse Medical Officer] This is the doctor who looked after the sick inmates in the workhouse.

  3. Dist. Med. Officer [District medical Officer] The area which the Union covered was divided into districts. Each district had a doctor who would visit the sick poor people who could not pay for medical help.
Mr Cockerton was a doctor from Montgomery who looked after the Berriew district. (See his entry in the Trade Directories.)

4. Relg. Officer [Relieving Officer] By 1872 the treatment of the poor had relaxed a little and the Union was giving help to some local paupers out in the villages. In the earlier days they would have been locked away in the workhouse. The Relieving Officers set up an office in their districts and on a set day each week people in need could go and claim help.

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