The Barnes Poor House, by Margaret Butler

The Barnes Poor House, by Margaret Butler
The Barnes Poor House, by Margaret Butler

Book published by the Barnes and Mortlake History Society, 28 pages. A5 size booklet (N6316X2)

From the Foreword: This account of the Barnes Poor House, or workhouse, has been chiefly drawn from the Vestry Minute Books from 1750 to 1836, the Minutes of the Workhouse Sub-Committee from 1778 to 1827, the Parish Registers beginning in 1538, and various Churchwardens' and Overseers' Account Books and Rate Books. These are all in the custody of the Surrey Record Office, and I am grateful to the Surrey County Council for permission to use these records. The picture of the Old Poor House, later known as the Manor House, is reproduced by kind permission of Richmond upon Thames Borough Council, and is from an engraving by Clough Bromley in 1885.

This booklet was first published more than 40 years ago and has been out of print for several years. The Barnes and Mortlake History Society decided that it should be reissued and made available to a new generation of readers. The text is as it was in the original paper with minor changes made for clarity. Pictures have been added to illustrate life in a workhouse. A new final section brings the story up to date by describing the formation of the Barnes Workhouse Fund.

There are sections on The Barnes Poor House 1758-1836, the First Workshouse 1758, Plans for a New Workhouse 1778, Work for the Paupers, Training and Apprenticeship, Furnishing and repairs, Clothing, Food, Church Going and Burials, Management of the Property, and the End of the Workhouse.

The condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.
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