Much of the harshness associated with the workhouse was psychological: inmates were de-personalised through wearing a uniform and by the regimentation of the regime operated by the workhouse system. The timetable below shows a 'typical' day in the workhouse.

Summer Winter  
5 a.m. 6 a.m. Rising bell
6 a.m 7 a.m. Prayers and breakfast
7 a.m. 8 a.m. Work
12 noon Dinner
1 p.m. Work
6 p.m. Prayers
7 p.m. Supper
8 p.m. Bed

Victorian History Poor Law

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