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Typical workhouse diets

Second Annual Report of the Poor Law Commission

Parliamentary Papers, 1836, XXIX, pp.56-9.


This is the type of food received by the inmates of six different workhouses, following the passing of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act

    Breakfasts Dinners Suppers
Monday 1 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese 1½ pints soup 6 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
2 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 7 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese
3 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 7 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese
4 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 12 oz. rice or suet pudding with vegetables 6 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
5 7 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel or porridge 1½ pints soup, 7 oz. vegetables ¾ lb. potatoes
6 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese, 1 pint broth
Tuesday 1 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese 5 oz. meat, ½ lb. potatoes 6 oz. bread, 1½ broth
2 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 16 oz. suet pudding plus vegetables 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese
3 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 8 oz. cooked meat, ¾ lb. potatoes 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese
4 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 2 pints soup, 6 oz. bread 6 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
5 7 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel or porridge 14 oz. rice or suet pudding 7 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
6 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese 4 oz. meat, ¾ lb. potatoes; yeast dumpling 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese, 1 pint broth
Wednesday 1 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese 1½ pints soup 6 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
2 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 7 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese
3 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 7 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese
4 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 6 oz. pickled pork plus vegetables 6 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
5 7 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel or porridge 7 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese ¾ lb. potatoes
6 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese, 1 pint broth
Thursday 1 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese 5 oz. meat, ½ lb. potatoes 6 oz. bread, 1½ broth
2 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 7 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese
3 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 1½ pints soup, 6 oz bread 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese
4 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 12 oz. rice or suet pudding with vegetables 6 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
5 7 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel or porridge 5 oz. meat, ¾ lb. vegetables 7 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
6 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese 4 oz. meat, ¾ lb. potatoes; yeast dumpling 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese, 1 pint broth
Friday 1 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese 1½ pints soup 6 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
2 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 16 oz. suet pudding plus vegetables 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese
3 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 7 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese
4 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 2 pints soup, 6 oz. bread 6 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
5 7 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel or porridge

1½ pints soup, 7 oz. vegetables

¾ lb. potatoes
6 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese 11 oz. meat dumpling 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese, 1 pint broth
Saturday 1 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese 1½ pints soup 6 oz. bread, 1½ broth
2 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 7 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese
3 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 5 oz. bacon, ¾ lb. potatoes 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese
4 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel --- 6 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
5 7 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel or porridge --- ¾ lb. potatoes
6 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese, 1 pint broth
Sunday 1 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese 5 oz. meat, ½ lb. potatoes 6 oz. bread, 1½ broth
2 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese 16 oz. meat pudding plus vegetables 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese
3 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 7 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese 6 oz. bread, 1½ oz. cheese
4 8 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel 2 pints soup, 6 oz. bread 6 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
5 7 oz. bread, 1½ pints gruel or porridge 5 oz. meat, ¾ lb. vegetables 7 oz. bread, 2 oz. cheese
6 6 oz. bread, 1 oz cheese 16 oz. suet pudding 6 oz. bread, 1 oz. cheese, 1 pint broth

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