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Start your day the Bumble way – with gruel!

This is the recipe always associated with the Workhouse ever since Charles Dickens made Oliver Twist ask for ‘more’. But what’s it really like? Gruel is made with oatmeal rather than the oat-flakes we use in porridge today. The gruel … Continue reading

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Aberystwyth Workhouse Soup

This recipe was used in Bronglais, Aberystwyth Workhouse in 1884. The quantities are enormous so I scaled them down to make soup for one or two. The recipe is in pounds and ounces but converting the quantities to grams is … Continue reading

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Explore Your Archive 2016: The Workhouse Diet

We have a series of recipes used in the Aberystwyth Workhouse (which was on the site of the current Bronglais Hospital) in 1884. Workhouses were built as a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act. They were large buildings … Continue reading

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