Local historian Monty Dart talks about the impact of the workhouse on her own family at the turn of the century.
Monty talks about her father and his sisters who were sent to the workhouse in Newport. They were given jobs, and in the case of her aunts this lead to work in America as domestic maids.
Monty suggests that sometimes Workhouse children could get opportunities like this that other children missed. She talks of the Workhouse laundry which took in the town’s washing, and suggests that in the days before Benefits, all towns looked after their poor in similar ways.