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From: "Georgina Peacock" <>
Subject: Re: [UK-W&H] CAN SOMEONE TELL ME
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 15:46:50 -0000
Picked up your message from the list, some of my family died in the
workhouse and here are a couple of points I have picked up as follows:
1. It depends why the person was in the workhouse hospital, - if they were
just unwell, or old, maybe senile with no one to look after them, i.e.
unmarried person or widow(er) then they could go into the workhouse, to be
This happened to one of my ancestors - after she died she was buried in the
If you know where other relatives from that family were buried its worth
checking that cemetery.
2. If the person died a pauper, then that is different - I saw a TV
programme recently on BBC TV. In that programme it said, that from about
1850 if paupers died in the workhouse with no relatives, then their bodies
were sent to learning hospitals for dissection so students in medicine could
learn the workings of the body.
Prior to this time only people who had been hanged, had their bodies sent
for dissection, but demand became greater than availability, so paupers from
the workhouse were also taken. However if this happened a death certificate
would still be issued.
Hope this helps a bit
Good luck in your research
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jillian" <>
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 5:05 AM
Subject: [UK-W&H] CAN SOMEONE TELL ME
> Dear List,
> If someone was at a union workhouse and they passed away,would they be
> buried at the workhouse or from where they came.
> Looking for Hall family in BEETLEY.
> Many Thanks, jill,in western australia.
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