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Cardiganshire Quarter Sessions, 1st January 1850

Ordered that the following Table of Diet recommended to be adopted by the Secretary of State be used and observed in the Gaol and House of Correction at Cardigan: -

Class 1

Convicted prisoners confined any term not exceeding seven days.

 

Males

Females

Breakfast Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Dinner Bread 1 lb. Bread 1 lb.
Supper Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint

Class 2

Convicted prisoners for any term exceeding seven days and not exceeding twenty one days

 

Males

Females

Breakfast

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

Dinner

Bread 12 oz.

Bread 12 oz.

Supper

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

Prisoners of this class employed at hard labour to have in addition 1 pint of soup per week.

Class 3

Convicted prisoners employed at hard labour for terms exceeding twenty one days, but not more than six weeks; and convicted prisoners not employed at hard labour for terms exceeding twenty one days, but not more than four months.

 

Males

Females

Breakfast

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

 

Sunday and Thursday

Dinner

Soup 1 pint
Bread 8 oz.

Soup 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

 

Tuesday and Saturday

ditto

Cooked meat without bone 3 oz.
Bread 8 oz.
Potatoes lb.

Cooked meat without bone 3 oz.
Bread 6 oz.
Potatoes lb.

 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

ditto

Bread 8 oz.
Potatoes 1 lb.

Bread 6 oz.
Potatoes 1 lb.

Supper

Same as breakfast

Same as breakfast

Class 4

Convicted prisoners employed at hard labour for terms exceeding six weeks but not more than four months; and convicted prisoners not employed at hard labour for terms exceeding four months.

 

Males

Females

Breakfast

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 8 oz.

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

 

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Dinner

Cooked meat without bone 3 oz.
Bread 8 oz.
Potatoes lb.

Cooked meat without bone 3 oz.
Bread 6 oz.
Potatoes lb.

 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

ditto

Soup 1 pint
Bread 8 oz.

Soup 1 pint
Bread 8 oz.

Supper

Same as breakfast

Same as breakfast

Class 5

Convicted prisoners employed at hard labour for terms exceeding four months.

 

Males

Females

 

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Breakfast

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 8 oz.

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

Dinner

Cooked meat without bone 4 oz.
Bread 6 oz.
Potatoes 1 lb.

Cooked meat without bone 3 oz.
Bread 6 oz.
Potatoes lb.

 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Breakfast

Cocoa 1 pint
Made of oz of flaked cocoa or Cocoa Nibs sweetened with oz of molasses or sugar.
Bread 8 oz.

Cocoa 1 pint
Made of oz of flaked cocoa or Cocoa Nibs sweetened with oz of molasses or sugar.
Bread 6 oz.

Dinner

Soup 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.
Potatoes 1 lb.

Soup 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.
Potatoes lb.

Supper

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 8 oz.

Oatmeal Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

Class 6

Prisoners sentenced by Court to solitary confinement.

 

Males

Females

 

The ordinary diet of their respective classes

The ordinary diet of their respective classes

Class 7

Prisoners for examination before Trial and Misdemeanants of the first division who do not maintain themselves.

 

Males

Females

 

The same as Class 4

The same as Class 4

Class 8

Destitute Debtors.

 

Males

Females

 

The same as Class 4

The same as Class 4

Class 9

Prisoners under punishment for prison offences for terms not exceeding three days.

1 lb of Bread per Diem

Prisoners in Close confinement for prison offences under the provisions of the 42nd Section of the Gaol Act:-

 

Males

Females

Breakfast

Gruel 1 pint
Bread 8 oz.

Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

Dinner

Bread 8 oz.

Bread 6 oz.

Supper

Gruel 1 pint
Bread 8 oz.

Gruel 1 pint
Bread 6 oz.

Note - The Soup to contain per pint 3 ounces of cooked meat without bone, 3 ounces of Potatoes, 1 ounce of Barley, Rice or Oatmeal and 1 ounce of Onions or Leeks, with pepper and Salt. The Gruel to contain 2 ounces of Oatmeal per pint. The Gruel on alternate days to be sweetened with ounce of Molasses or sugar and seasoned with salt. In seasons when the Potatoe Crop has failed, 4 ounces of split peas made into a pudding may be occasionally substituted; but the change must not be made more than twice in each week. Boys under 14 years of Age to be placed on the same diet as Females.

[NLW Cards Quarter Sessions OB 8 pp. 613-616]





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