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100 YEARS AGO: Little Agnes, 3, abandoned on the West Heath

PUBLISHED: 12:53 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:15 07 September 2010

100 years ago 1 August 1908 The chairman of the Hampstead Workhouse reports that Old Bob, the inmate who has acted as porter and messenger at the Guardians offices for many years, has gone away for his annual holiday. In previous years the members of th

100 years ago

1 August 1908

The chairman of the Hampstead Workhouse reports that Old Bob, the inmate who has acted as porter and messenger at the Guardians' offices for many years, has gone away for his annual holiday. In previous years the members of the Board had given him money to pay the railway fares, and this time he had advanced the money himself. Each member present contributes towards the amount.

The Master reports that no-one has claimed the three-year-old child recently abandoned on the West Heath, and who was taken to the Workhouse by the police. She is a very pretty and well dressed child and said her name was Agnes. The clerk is instructed to offer a reward of two guineas for information which will lead to the discovery of the person who abandoned her.

The Master also reports that a lady had taken ten of the children to the Zoological Gardens. Chairman: Did she bring them all back? The master: Yes, sir.

A 10-year-old Hornsey schoolgirl is charged with stealing three books from Holy Innocents School. The magistrate remarked that it was the first time he had heard of a child stealing school books. The child promises never to steal again and is discharged with a caution.

A correspondent writes to remind readers leaving town for the holidays to remember the domestic cat and not leave it to starve. There are several homes where cats can be sent and kept for a small fee until their owners return.


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