Bucks History

Eton Union Workhouse Regulation for Inmates Diet

This is the regulations for the diet of workhouse inmates agreed by the Eton Board of Guardians on the 8th June 1835.
Aged & Infirm Breakfast   6 oz bread
1 pint skimmed milk or gruel
  Dinner Tue, Thurs & Sat 4oz bread
2oz flour made into a pudding.
1 ½ pint soup
½ pint small beer
    Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun 4oz bread
6oz meat
vegetables
½ pint small beer
  Supper   6oz bread
2oz cheese or 1 ½ pint small beer
Able bodied Breakfast   6 oz bread
1 pint skimmed milk or gruel
  Dinner Sunday 4oz bread
6oz meat
vegetables
    Rest of week 6oz of bread
2 oz cheese
1 pint of broth or gruel
  Supper   1 ½ oz cheese
1 pint gruel
Children between 4 & 10 Breakfast   6oz bread
1 pint skimmed milk or gruel
  Dinner Sun, Tue, Fri & Sat 4oz meat
2 oz flour made into a pudding
vegetables
    Mon, wed & Fri 4oz bread
1 ½ pint broth or gruel
  Supper   1 ½ pint broth or gruel

For those of you who have been bought up with the metric system; oz means ounce, there are about 28 grams to the ounce. Six ounces of bread is about 4 modern slices of brown bread.
Gruel is a watery porrage made from boiled oatmeal.