Life in Horsham Workhouse - March 1914

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district
World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district
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An interesting report showing life in the Workhouse and just how poor the people were who ended up there!

“At the [Horsham] Town Hall on Wednesday morning, before Mr H Padwick three young fellows, Henry Gatfield, Alfred Williams, Michael Hems, pleaded guilty to refusing to perform their alloted task at the workhouse.

“Arthur Ridge, Porter, said that prisoners refused point blank on Monday and also on Tuesday to pick oakum [a preparation of tarred fibre used in shipbuilding].

“Supt Golding said that the men told him they had tramped from Chichester Union to East Preston, thence to Brighton and on to Horsham.

“All three prisoners were verminous. They had been sent down like that from the Union to him, and he had to disinfect and fumigate the cells.

“Prisonders agreed to return to the Workhouse and do their task while their clothes were baked and disinfected.”