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1914: Choice of labour for Workhouse inmates - but not much

West Sussex Gazette - Thursday 05 February 1914

CUCKFIELD Stone-pounding at Cuckfield Workhouse has given rise to much dismission* of late, and on Friday the Guardians agreed to allow oakum-picking as an alternative task, the labour master (Mr. Brasier) having full discretion in the matter.

Cuckfield Workhouse c1900 (colourised)

For refusing to do stone-pounding, Frederick Elton has been sentenced by the Haywards Heath Bench to a month's hard labour, and for wilfully smashing twelve squares of glass and an iron utensil he was given another fortnight's hard labour.

*official notice that you have been fired from your job



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