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Girls and Boys in Edorkhouses
Legal Powers of Boards of Guardians
CLASSIFICATION OF GIRLS AND BOYS
N a paper read at the Central Poor Law Conference,
December 6th, 1882, I gave the reasons why it is most undesirable that girls and boys who have been brought up in a pauper institution should return either to it or to the workhouse, and I showed what legal powers for avoiding it were possessed by Boards of Guardians. But as since then I have heard various opinions as to the age at which girls and boys are ordered to be placed in the adult wards of workhouses, I now give, for the convenience of those who do not possess a copy of the Orders of the Local Government Board, the entire Classification Order contained in the General Consolidated Order (Unions), 24th July, 1847 :
CLASSIFICATION OF THE PAUPERS. ART. 98. The paupers, so far as the workhouse admits thereof, shall be classed as follows :
CLASS I. Men infirm through age or any other cause.
years. CLASS 3. Boys above the age of seven years, and under that of
fifteen. CLASS 4. Women infirm through age or any other cause. CLASS 5. Able-bodied women, and girls above the age of fifteen
years. CLASS 6. Girls above the age of seven years and under that o
fifteen. CLASS 7. Children under seven years of age.
To each class shall be assigned that ward, or separate building and yard which may be best fitted for the reception of such