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The average annual poor-rate expenditure for the period 1834-36 had been £22,574.
Accordingly, this Summer, a commodious House has been built near the Church, at the Charge of the Honourable Gentlemen aforesaid ; and at Midsummer, all such Poor, as receiv'd Weekly Pensions from the Parish, were admitted into it, to the Number of 900 odd, and are at present employ'd in the picking of Oakum, winding Silk for Throwsters, Spinning Jersey, and such other Work as they are capable of under Mr. THIS Undertaking being its Infancy, it does not yet appear what will be the Success of it ; but one good Effect it has already had, viz.Various rooms opened off the central corridor for the various classes of inmates, including ones for 'bad women'. Greenwich Woolwich Road part of ground-floor plan, 1844.To the rear, at the south of the site, separated from the main block by the inmates' exercise yards, stood the infirmary block which was adjoined by wash-houses, laundry, work-rooms, and the mortuary. — doesn't explicitly name the workhouse but it was clearly located three miles from Woolwich so was almost certainly Greenwich.THAT there be kept four Books (viz.) A Day-Book, a Weekly-Book, and a Monthly-Book, to enter Provisions received in the House, and a Book to enter all Tradesmen's Bills, and Extraordinaries paid by the Overseers, to be brought to Account Monthly. THE Monthly Book is kept in the same Method as the Weekly.THAT such Orders be set up in the House as shall be appointed by his Majesty's Justices of the Peace, the Gentlemen of the Committee, Church-Wardens, and Overseers of the Poor, for the better Regulation of the House. AN Apothecary attends the Sick with proper Medicines at 15l. A School-Mistress belonging to the House teaches the Children to read. The 1732 edition of the Account also recorded that a workhouse was erected in Deptford in 1726.[Up to 1834] [After 1834] [Staff] [Inmates] [Records] [Bibliography] [Links] Greenwich's first parish workhouse was opened in 1723, next to St.
Alphege's Church, In 1725, the first edition of An Account of Several Workhouses...
They lifted me, smacked me, coaxed, and at last used sheer force. in all my life; I thought they were going to kill me: Never before had I had such a thing as a hot bath; and never shall I forget it. There was a titter all round the school, and one of the monitors caught me by the collar, and got a punch in the head for his pains, which did not seem to hurt him in the least. opened the desk and brought out a cane, and told me to look at it.
They thought I was afraid of the water; it was not the water but the heat. Willis himself marched me off to the school, and, with a full and facetious account of my bath, left me in the custody of Mr. It was Saturday afternoon, and the boys were 'kept in' for previous bad behaviour. He was a big boy, and had me up to the desk in no time. It was Sunday evening; the boys were standing in lines round the school singing hymns end he was in charge.
THAT no Money be allowed by the Overseers to be paid to any Person, but by Order of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace, and the Gentlemen of the Committee then sitting, on a Day appointed Weekly for the Relief of the Poor.
THAT no Person be admitted into the House, but on the Committee-day, except on some extraordinary Occasion.
The architect, RP Browne, later described his design as as 'plain but cheerful and almslike'.