Len talks about his experiences
in the workhouse:
“ We had a box,
at the bottom of the bed
where we used to keep whatever you got,
which was virtually nothing
I didn’t have nothing of my own.
You just kept shirts and trousers.”
“ There was no heating or nothing
Very cold it was I remember, terribly cold
and you didn’t have a lot of clothes.”
“We used to put cardboard in our shoes
to keep the damp out and that.”
“When I first started
I was only about three or four,
so you know,
the older boys, would teach you what to do.
And then when I was older
I would teach the younger ones what to do.”
“There used to be one [member of staff]
that would help us,
though I suppose he had to be careful.
Most of them, they were cruel.
I don’t know why they were.
We, I hadn’t done nothing wrong.”