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Understanding a workhouse admission form

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Re: Understanding a workhouse admission form

Posted: 1494198284000
Classification: Query
Workhouses by this period had different diets for different ages, genders, etc. Francisco seems to be on a youth's diet as there is another person of similar age further down the page also on class 3 diet. Most people are on class 2 which was presumably a standard adult diet.

Next meal after admission was supper, so he was admitted during the afternoon.

Religion was Roman Catholic.

The parishes the workhouse served are all abbreviated. The records of the poor law board or other local authority that this workhouse was operated by will list the parishes and hopefully enable you to work out which parish would be charged for his upkeep whilst in the workhouse.

Goldsmith is the surname of the person responsible for his admission. The name occurs in both images you posed and many times in one of them. Mr.Goldsmith's official title and hence role in the admission would hopefully be explained by examining other records of the relevant poor law board or other local authority.

I can't hazard a guess at the annotation 2y in the final column it occurs against a number of people.

The annotation S in the final column is for single i.e. unmarried. The clue to this was that some of the older admissions are annotated W for widowed.

The administrative records of the workhouse may help with your queries but these may not have been digitised and the originals would have to be examined in whichever local archive holds them.

Good luck with your research!
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