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This week’s Reeves picture was taken inside the workhouse, in the spot where the Abergavenny Estate now stands, in 1901. “I’m not sure if this spread was laid out for the inmates, or for visiting dignitaries,” says Tom Reeves, whose great grandfather took the picture. The workhouse was built in 1868, to discourage the work-shy. In 1898 it was converted into a reformatory for drunkards, or ‘criminal inebriates’, so there wouldn’t be much booze served with this dinner. The inmates were normally served with gruel, a thin porridge. The workhouse was eventually closed down in 1910, and converted into flats, before the estate was built in its place in the ‘60s. Reeves have an extensive archive of photos in their collection, which you can browse through and buy at 159 High Street where the business has been running for four generations since 1858. If you know anything more about any of the photos we publish, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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An Xmas spread for the ‘criminally inebriate’. Put cursor on picture to see what the building looked
like from outside.