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Does anybody know if the inmates had to wear masks,? no talking, treadmills regime? My GGGF was in here in the 1850's.

Found a brilliant link but was a direct PDF...no mention of mask's.

Watched Paul Merton Who do you think you are, same set up but hoods/masks, strange question I know, but children like the ghoulish details..!

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My GGGF was in the Southwell Union Workhouse in 1878 .

 

This report in the Nottinghamshire Guardian when he was charged with gross insubordination .

 

SOUTHWELL PETTY SESSIONS.
FRIDAY.-(Before Major Becher)
INSUBORDINATE PAUPERS. - Joseph Thraves, 41. William Bucklow. 70, and John Wilson, 69, three inmates of the Southwell Union Workhouse, were brought up charged with insubordination.

 

William Shacklock, Master of the Workhouse said the defendants, who were inmates, were set to work in the garden, but on the previous day they refused to work until half past five o'clock in the evening.

 

ln cross examination, witness said he did not recollect Bucklow telling hm that he was unable to work in consequence of his bad feet.


Thraves alleged that he went away because Bucklow left off work, as he thought that if he remained Bucklow would be more severely dealt with .    Wilson denied objecting to work.


Bucklow and Thraves were sent to Southwell gaol for seven days each with hard labour, but Wilson was discharged.

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Thanks DavidW, I read that the treadmill had a wallchart  so the 'honest" citizens outside could monitor the progress.

My ancestor served six months and a whipping which is  normally reserved for repeat offenders. His co accused had previous so guess he was tarred with the same brush, one 16, the other 15. 

Sounds like a cliche, but true, they stole a loaf of bread...

In the 1850's the capacity was 80 men 10 women.

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