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From: "MaryH" <>
Subject: Re: [UK-W&H] question on workhouses 'schools'
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 19:37:47 +0100
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> This raises two questions - firstly, where exactly was this school and
what became of it. Secondly, 'school' doesn't seem to adequately describe a
place to which a week old child would be sent - so what became of such
children - where they farmed out for child care or was there a nursery or
hospital attached to this establishment?
> Has anyone any knowledge of this place or ideas regarding the survival of
any records of 'Brentwood School' ?
Children in Union care were reviewed regularly so if there are any surviving
minute books you may find him mentioned.
Babies and under 5's were generally fostered out, although they were kept in
the homes if it was a short stay and pending fostering. Very young babies
would have been placed with a wet nurse almost immediately.
The school was actually in Brentwood in Essex. It had long been realised
that town life was not the most healthy and virtually all the London Unions
had out of town schools and childrens homes.
The records for Brentwood schools are at the London Metropolitan Archives
(in the records for Shoreditch Union) and includes "Lists of pauper
children" from 1855-1876.
Mary Hallett - West Sussex
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