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Tickets for this event are £20 per person for ghost hunt only.
B&B available for an extra £20 per person (dormitory/bunkhouse).
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Yes, it’s an original Oliver Twist Workhouse, and the Llanfyllin Dolydd
Workhouse is one of the last intact Victorian poorhouses, now a unique venue, it had an interesting and chequered past that touched many lives.
The Llanfyllin Union Workhouse was designed for a maximum of 250 inmates, though the average number seems to have been half this figure or less. The government and the Poor Law Commissioners were most concerned about able-bodied paupers, and the whole workhouse system was designed around their deterrence, yet in Llanfyllin, as in other parts of the country, the able-bodied were always in a minority.
A return of ‘Indoor Paupers’ from 1841 shows that, of 133 inmates, 87 were children while of the adults the 27 recorded as able-bodied included 11 single mothers. In the 1881 census, of 78 inmates 34 were children and 15 were over 60.
In the workhouses men, women and children were kept apart. In theory this rule could be relaxed for older couples, but in practice accommodation was rarely available and so far no reference to this has been found in the Llanfyllin minutes. Children under seven were allowed to see their mothers, but still had to live apart from them.
As the name ‘Workhouse’ suggests, able-bodied inmates were supposed to spend the day working. It was not always easy to find suitable work, as the production of goods would have led to unfair competition with local suppliers. In 1845 the Guardians addressed the problem by setting up a committee. Its report has not survived, but in most workhouses the inmates were set to grinding corn by hand, picking oakum (unravelling old ropes), gardening or stone-breaking. They also kept the house clean and prepared the food.
In 1930 the Poor Law system ended and the workhouses – known officially by that time as Poor Law Institutions – were transferred to local authority control. The Workhouse became the Llanfyllin Public Assistance Institution, administered by the District Council and later by Montgomeryshire C.C. During the 1920’s it was given the name ‘The Meadows’ or ‘Y Dolydd’.
1948 the Council produced plans for a modernisation of the building, but in the end it was not till the 1960’s that a thorough re-modelling took place. Y Dolydd was to be an old people’s home serving much of the county, with residents from as far away as Newtown and Machynlleth.
Places can ONLY be reserved upon receipt of deposit of £10 or payment in full. Event must be paid for in advance. Tickets for this event are £20 per person and will include tea and coffee. B&B is also available (on site) at a cost of £20 per person. Deposit for ghost hunt and B&B is £20 per person. BALANCE IS DUE BY THE END OF April. To make your booking/pay your deposit please contact Zoe Bus Callow for details.