The centenarian in Brentford’s workhouse: piecing together the life of Mary Hicks

When I visited the churchyard of All Saints, Isleworth, earlier in the year, I’d gone in search of theplague pit there.  However, whilst exploring the burial ground, I also came across a headstone that commemorated a person who would probably have disappeared into an unmarked paupers’ grave were it not for the great age she lived to.  Mary Hicks, who died in 1870 at the grand old age of 104, spent the last twenty-seven years of her life as an inmate of the Brentford Workhouse…

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2 thoughts on “The centenarian in Brentford’s workhouse: piecing together the life of Mary Hicks

  1. A very interesting story of a life lived in darker times. Let’s hope that they do not return to us one day!
    At the end of the street where we live in Norfolk, is the Gressenhall Museum, a former workhouse, well-preserved, and giving a good idea of both rural life, and workhouse life in the area, at around the same time period.
    http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/visit_us/gressenhall_farm_and_workhouse/index.htm
    Best wishes, Pete.

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