Boarding out of children
By the end of the nineteenth century, there was a move away from keeping children in the workhouse. It was not seen as a suitable environment in which to raise a child. Efforts were made to foster them with families, known as boarding out. This could be a lucrative source of income to families who took in workhouse children as the boarding out account shows:
Powys County Archives
On 19th March it was agreed by the Llanfyllin Board of Guardians that Lewis Edwards should be boarded out:
Edward Jones lived with his wife and nephew at census time, so Lewis had not yet been sent to live with him. His move was finally ratified by the Board on 16th April, and Miss Hayhurst agreed to supervise him.
It seems that the Board did endeavour to
find good homes for the children and continued their responsibilities towards
them even when they were over the age of 14 and able to work. This is shown
by the following extract from the minutes from 14th May where the children were
too ill to begin work.
John Tudor was sent to board with his grandfather in his home parish of Guilsfield on 14th May and was sent out with the usual suit of clothes: "It was decided to board out John Tudor with his grandfather Wm. Owen of Cloddia Guilsfield and the necessary outfit was ordered to be provided for him."
John Tudor is shown in the workhouse census for 1891. However there is also a Charles Tudor who was his brother, although no mention was made of his boarding out. If this was the case, it must have been very difficult for the brothers to have been separated from each other.
There was one other Tudor living in Guilsfield at the time of the census.
This was John and Charles' little sister, as shown in the parish baptism registers:
There is not a William Owen at Cloddia in Guilsfield on the census, but the Board may not have had his correct Christian name:
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