The Clerk

The position of clerk seems to have been an onerous one indeed. He was responsible for keeping the accounts and records of the union, and communicating with the union’s abundant correspondents, e.g. Poor Law Inspectors, suppliers, rate-collecters, relieving officers and workhouse Staff.

In addition, the clerk had to analyse and categorize the information supplied by the master in the register book, e.g. the "child status" of children admitted to the workhouse, i.e. whether they were orphans, illegitimate, deserted or accompanied by their parents. The clerk also had to record and categorise the disabilities, if any, of the paupers on admission to the workhouse.

The clerk’s work more than that of any other workhouse officer came under the close and regular scrutiny of the Poor Law Commissioners.

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