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Workhouse in Cambridge, UK, 1840-1850


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Charleston, South Carolina, US
I have an 1851 Cambridge County Gaol prison record that shows a 19 yrs old inmate was previously: Quote "twice summarily convicted of misconduct in a workhouse". Unquote

Based on dates and age 18/19 when in the County Gaol, I would think these acts of misconduct probably happened in the workhouse quite a bit earlier - maybe even in the late 1840s.

First question: At what ages did boys start in the workhouse, and leave the workhouse? Were there set ages?

Second question: If this man lived in Fulbourn, just outside of Cambridge, Cambs, what workhouse would he likely have been assigned to, and do searchable records exist regarding the occupants, and the punishments etc.

Thanks for reading.

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