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Summary of reports upon Children Boarded-out under the care of the Lacey Green Boarding-out Committee.

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On 30th August 1 visited a cottage at Lacey Green, in the occupation of Hickman, a Sawyer, in which Robert Partridge 10 years of age, and Michael Causey, 8 years old, are boarded out at the cost of the Whitechapel Union.

I went without giving any notice.

Lacey Green is a small hamlet of the parish of Risborough, in the county of Buckingham, situated on the top of the Chiltern Hills, in an exposed but very healthy position.  Hickman's cottage consists of a sitting room, back scullery, one family bedroom upstairs, and a room at the stair-head. Hickman, his wife, three children, aged from three years to a year and-a-half, occupy the family bedroom; the two Whitechapel boys sleep on the stair-head in one bed.  The bedding was in good order, and clean, a flock mattress upon a new iron bedstead.

The cottage, though humble in character, appeared to be water-tight, but like most cottages of this class, would be improved by limewash.

I called upon the Hickman's at four o'clock in the afternoon, and found the mother and five children at their afternoon meal, consisting of hot bacon, potatoes, kidney beans, bread and tea (Hickman had not returned from his work); there was evidently no stint of good wholesome food.

The appearance of the two boys pointed to plenty of food, and pure air, and their weights, which I tried by lifting them in my arms, were heavier than the average of children of the same age in a workhouse school.

Robert Partridge has passed the Fourth Standard, and being 10 years of age, he would be eligible under the Education Act, for full time employment (By the Education Act this child is eligible for employment, but by the Board's Boarding-out Order he must be kept at school until he arrives at 12 years of age.  He is, therefore, in a worse position than the children of neighbouring cottages who may have passed the Fourth Standard).  Michael Causey has passed the Second Standard.  Both children attend school, church and Sunday school regularly.

The services of a doctor have not been required.  The clothing worn by the boys was in good order, and the Sunday clothes carefully kept in a box upstairs.  I found vaccination marks upon the arms of both the boys.

With the exception of the boys occupying the same bed, which is a common practice, I am able to give a very favourable report of their condition.

Mrs Hickman is an excellent type of the wife of a labouring man, and she confided to me the difficulties she had first experienced, and at last overcome, from the dirty habits of one of the boys.

Possible location of Robert Partridge and Michael Causey in the 1881 Census - RG11/1470- Page 13 Folio 43

Lacey Green, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire

 

Surname Given Name Relation to Head Condition as to Marriage Age Profession Occupation Where Born
HICKMAN Peter Head Mar. 26 Sawyer Princes Risborough, Bucks.
HICKMAN Lucy Wife Mar. 30 Lace Maker Princes Risborough, Bucks.
HICKMAN Mabel Dau. - 4 Scholar Princes Risborough, Bucks.
HICKMAN Francis Son - 2 - Princes Risborough, Bucks.
HICKMAN Lillian Dau. - 1 - Princes Risborough, Bucks.
PARTRIDGE Robert Visitor - 10 Scholar Princes Risborough, Bucks.
CAUSEY Michael Visitor - 8 Scholar Princes Risborough, Bucks.