Sunday, 1 January 2017

Christmas in the Workhouse

Leighton Buzzard Workhouse c.1915 [Z1185]

Monday 1st January 1917: Staff and local residents managed to ensure that the inmates of the Leighton Buzzard Workhouse in Grovebury Road enjoyed a good Christmas. The day began with carol singing in the wards, followed by breakfast and a morning service. The highpoint for the inmates was a dinner of roast beef and roast mutton, with parsnips, potatoes (baked and boiled) and plum pudding, washed down by beer and mineral waters. The dining hall was decorated by the Matron, Miss Levette, and the Infirmaries by the nurses. The usual tea was served but with the addition of cake and jam. During the evening the inmates enjoyed a programme of games and songs. Generous gifts were sent by local residents, including tea and tobacco from Mrs Rothschild; tea, sugar, toys, sweets, oranges, bananas and tobacco from Mrs Vandervell; cake from Miss Bassett of Stonhill; and cocoa, sweets, dates, oranges and biscuits for the Women’s Infirmary from Miss Sheerman.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 2nd January 1917

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