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Peckham House Lunatic Asylum

Residents of Mott's establishments would have a meagre diet, for example dinner, on alternate days, at Peckham was officially 'meat, potatoes and bread' and 'soup and bread' ('The soup is made from the liquor in which the meat for the whole establishment is boiled the previous day, together with all the bones, with the addition of barley, pease, and green vegetables'). The seventh day was 'Irish stew and bread'. The quantity of meat used was not stated. But there were numerous complaints of short measure, poor quality, fraud and false accounting. In October 1829 an official inspection found 'the pea soup distributed to the paupers to be sour, of bad quality in other respects, nor do they conceive the bread which they saw given with it was in sufficient quantity'. In 1830 the kitchen was 'extremely dirty ' wholly insufficient in size ' the persons employed in it ' slovenly and the utensils bad.'
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