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Diet sheet for St Luke's Workhouse, Chelsea of c.1833
Bread and gruel have been depicted as the standard food offered in the workhouse, especially by Charles Dickens. This 1833 dietary table for Chelsea Workhouse certainly seems to endorse the point. Mutton, or more often mutton broth, featured three times a week. One interesting addition was one pint of good beer every day except Saturday when it was substituted by a pint and half of substantial soup.
Location of original: Chelsea scrap books
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