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Forden workhouse was built under the 1792 act
'for the better relief of the poor belonging to the parishes of Montgomery and Pool [Welshpool], and certain other parishes and places...'.

The joint workhouse was built at Forden because of its location, mid way between Welshpool and Montgomery.

This workhouse report book, 1795-1798, is one of the earliest of its kind to have survived in Wales. It seems to have been compiled by the steward or master of the workhouse, and provides fascinating insights not only into the lives of the inmates, but also those who earned their living at the establishment.

On the left hand side of each page in this book are records of incidents and notices of tasks which needed to be undertaken at the workhouse. The eventual outcomes and decisions taken are noted on the right hand side of each page.

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