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Laurie Liddiard

Mr Laurie Liddiard, courtesy Newsquest (Oxfordshire) Ltd.

In 1929, the Master of Abingdon workhouse approached a local school for a pupil to train as workhouse clerk. The boy selected was 14 year old Laurie Liddiard. These audio clips of his memories, recorded in May 2000, provide a fascinating glimpse of the workhouse before its closure in 1931.

The clips are each 1-2 minutes long and are in MP3 audio format.

New boy at the workhouse
The workhouse building
The daily routine
Set to work
Workhouse inmates
The mentally ill
The vagrants
Baths and bodies
Christmas day in the workhouse

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