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included a IT being observ'd that the Poor are very numerous, and cost about 800 l.to the Parish annually for supporting them; Two honourable Gentlemen of the Town offer'd to build a commodious House for Lodging and Dieting all those Poor, provided the Parish would consent to dispose of their Weekly Allowances under such a Management, as might, with the Produce of their Labour, wholly maintain them.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.
It was written by a former inmate, who signed himself "W. R.", and who later graduated to the large district school run by South Metropolitan School District of which Greenwich was part. I should think I was not afraid, indeed, I had been too much used to water.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.THE Weekly Bill of Fare for this House is much the same as in other Places. By May 1729 there were 70 inmates in residence, including 26 children who were all "decently lodged, fed, cloathed, and taught." In 1753, Greenwich promoted a parlimentary Local Act (26 Geo.2 c.101) to place administration of poor relief into the hands of a Board of Guardians elected from the local ratepayers.THE House Expences for one Week, when 90 were in Family, was as follows. The 1723 workhouse proved inadequate for the demands placed on it and in 1765 the Greenwich Guardians began renting land off Maidenstone Hill occupied by a building known as the Pest House.