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Casuals were housed in a separate area of the workhouse, usually near the entrance, known as the casual ward.
A smaller room in a school used for accommodating infants, or where a lesson was given to a particular class or group of pupils.
In the 1840s, there was a public scandal when it was discovered that malnourished inmates at Andover workhouse had been fighting over scraps of rotting meat left on some bones they were supposed to be crushing. It was intended to provide interesting and useful occupation such as knitting, embroidery or lace-making for non-able-bodied workhouse inmates who spent long hours confined to bed or in day rooms.
Training in the various crafts was provided by outside volunteers and the costs were initially borne by Lady Brabazon.
Later used more generally as an informal term for a paupers' or famine graveyard, especially associated with workhouse burial grounds.
They were required to perform a task of work such as stone-breaking or oakum-picking being allowed to leave.
The scheme was slow to take off, with Kensington being the first to adopt it in 1883.
However, it gradually spread, particularly when it was found that the goods produced were saleable and made the scheme self-financing. Originally the graveyard adjoining the Royal Hospital in Dublin, where no payment of fees was exacted.
Groups or "families" of pauper children lived in 'villages' of purpose-built houses often set along a street or around a green.
Each house would have a house 'parent' looking after twenty or thirty children.