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In 1784, concerns about the running costs led to an inquiry by the Vestry in which it emerged that workhouse suppliers no longer had contracts and were overcharging for their goods, a matter with the workhouse master had connived.
The average poor-rate expenditure for 1833-5 had been £13,779 or 8s.5d. A new Brentford Union workhouse was built at Isleworth on the east side of Twickenham Road in 1837-8.The workhouse regime appears not to have been too severe, with adequate beds and reasonable meals — in 1759-60, the inmates had three meat dinners a week and up to three and a half pounds of meat per head. The workhouse inventory included four spinning-wheels with which the inmates produced a fairly coarse woollen yarn.After an initial decrease, the New Brentford poor rates returned to a high level and remained there.In 1816, the regime appears to have been rather harsher than in earlier years, with inmates receiving only 16 ounces of meat per week and their work including the cleaning up of sewage.In 1797, a report on Ealing recorded that: The Poor are partly relieved at home and partly in the Workhouse, the inmates of which are infirm and aged parishioners, and poor persons who meet with accidents in passing through the parish.In one year the parish cleared £90 after paying the expenses of raw material, etc.
But between May and December, 1794, the receipts were £219, expenses £243, loss to the parish £24; and between 18th March, 1794, and 29th Feb., 1796, £40.
It was designed by Lewis Vulliamy who was also the architect of workhouses for the Epping and Sturminster Unions.
His design for Brentford was based on the model cruciform layout published by the Poor Law Commissioners. In 1883, a workhouse school, known as Percy House, was erected fronting onto the Twickenham Road on land to the south-west of the workhouse.
It is a small inconvenient building, very ill adapted to the purpose. At present (June, 1796) 3 men sleep in a bed, 4 boys in a bed, and 3 women in a bed. Table of diet: Breakfast—Sunday, bread and cheese; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, broth from the beef of the day before; other days, milk pottage.
Dinner Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, half a pound of beef, 5th part of a quartern loaf, and a pint of small beer to each person; Monday, Friday, milk pottage, 4th part of a quartern loaf, and a pint of small beer; Wednesday, suet pudding, 4th part of a quartern loaf, and a pint of small beer; Saturday, pease soup, 4th part of a quartern loaf, and a pint of small beer.
Supperevery day, bread and cheese and a pint of small beer. On Easter Day mutton is served instead of beef, and for two days at Christmas strong beer and tobacco is given. The men are chiefly employed on the common, while at such work they are allowed 6d. The boys beat hemp, weave bed sacking and sacks, and make ropes.