1914 was still an age of extreme poverty as this report shows.
“Horsham Board of Guardians (Workhouse) meeting. The Master drew attention to the last three entries in the punishment book.
“These men were, he said, discharged on the grounds that they were verminous; but the Cook, who admitted them, stated that they were not so, and the Porter, who re-admitted them, said that there were no signs of vermin.
“The men had passed through three casual wards without a break before coming here.”