A Poor Diet? Food and Clothing at
Waltham Abbey’s Workhouse in 1818
A transcript of a list of foodstuffs and
household requisites printed by the Church Vestry for their
newly-established workhouse in 1818, in order to attract tenders from local tradesmen. Details of the successful
tenders are also given.
An accompanying article discusses various
oddities of the list; for example whilst it
includes a wide range of meats, “good Dutch cheese” and “good Irish
butter”, it mentions no fruit and hardly anything worthy of being called
A small peep into the diet of early 19th
century Waltham Abbey.
Order Code: GEN021