In the first half of the nineteenth century people flooded into Newport looking for work including Irish immigrants. Whole families wandered the streets totally destitute.
Soup, bread and vegetables were distributed to the poor, particularly during the winter.
The Workhouse offered some refuge for the ruined, but families were separated and calls for married couples to be allowed to live together were answered with little sympathy...
1800 - 1900
1829 New Born Infants (The usual practice of the 'lower orders' was to bury new born children in the churchyard without the knowledge of sexton or clerk.)
1830 Letter to the Editor (The plight of the 'labouring classes'.)
1836 Old Christmas Day (Thomas Powell of Gaer House distributed one ton four hundred weight of bread to the poor.)
1855 A Benevolence (Large quantities of soup distributed to the poor.)
1859 Refusal to Work (Inmate of workhouse sentenced 28 days hard labour for refusing to work.)
1860 Christmas in Newport (Celebrations in the Workhouse.)
1862 The Roman Catholics Bury Their Poor (Burial Society for the poor - halfpenny contribution per week.)
1872 Girls Ragged School (Donation of old clothing.)
1886 The Prevalent Destitution (The Corporation employed men to break stones, thus avoiding 'pauperising' them.)
1889 Free Breakfasts (For poor chidren on Sunday mornings during winter.)
1889 Married Paupers (Inmates of Workhouse wrote letter asking for married quarters. Article not very sympathatic!)
1889 Mabon's Day (Inmates of Workhouse return intoxicated when given a few house leave on Mabon's Day.)
1890 Worship of Dirt at Newport (Letter complaining about the dirty habits of the poor.)