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‘The poor were treated more harshly at Andover than in -any other workhouses.’ Do you agree with this interpretation? Explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies.

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'The poor were treated more harshly at Andover than in -any other workhouses.' Do you agree with this interpretation? Explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies. I agree to a certain extent that the poor were treated more harshly at Andover than in any other workhouses because Source A states that 'the workhouse should be a place of hardship, coarse fare, of degradation and humility' this could prove that the paupers were treated harshly in the Andover Workhouse. Rev. Dodson believe that social order was arranged by God so the Andover Workhouse should be made to make the poor suffer as God intended so the paupers were treated harshly in Andover. Source D states that the master, McDougal drunk heavily. Also he regularly assaulted the female inmates. This proves that the Poor in the Andover workhouse may have been treated more harshly than in any of the other workhouses. ...read more.

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Other inmates would eat rotting flesh off the bones that they were crushing. It wasn't until later that Hugh Mundy one of the guardians found out that that a graveyard nearby had been dug up for new church foundations that it was realised that the paupers may have been eating human flesh. This proves that the paupers in the Andover Workhouse were treated more harshly than in any other workhouse. We can infer that the Board of Guardians may have wanted to make the Andover Workhouse ineligible because of the swing riots. The Board of Guardians would have owned land probably for farming and because the Swing Riots were very ferocious In Andover a lot of their property may have been destroyed. So the Board of Guardians may have wanted revenge and so they did this by making the Andover workhouse harsh on the paupers. We can tell that the paupers in the workhouse may have been treated more harshly than in any other workhouse because of the punishments that the paupers got for the smallest things. ...read more.

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This proves that other workhouses were jus as bad as Andover. Source A states that all workhouses and not just Andover should be a place of hardship and that the poor should be humiliated and the workhouses should be administered with strictness. Dickens based source C on a workhouse and before the Andover scandal got out. So other Workhouses must have been ineligible before the Andover workhouse when Dickens wrote 'Oliver Twist'. This means that Andover workhouse may not have been the harshest to its inmates. Source G states that workhouses were locking the poor up as convicted criminals in a cruel experiment. This means that other workhouses were expected to be harsh as well as Andover. Source H suggests that the workhouses weren't so bad it says that the system was the finest in Europe. This goes towards proving that Andover may not have, been so harsh. I think that the poor were treated very harshly in the Andover workhouse but I think the poor were treated just as badly in other workhouses such as Eton and Fareham. ?? ?? ?? ?? Karen Spanswick ...read more.

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