The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Fred Chaulk and the Totnes Workhouse
Fred Chaulk remembers the Totnes workhouse of the 1920s
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TV reporter John Doyle interviews Fred Chaulk who grew up in the Totnes Workhouse. Fred describes living in the workhouse and how it was that when his father remarried two of his four children were sent to the workhouse. Workhouses were abolished on 1 April 1930.
Workhouses have existed in Totnes since 1738. Berey Pumerey had 40 inmates and Brixham up to 60 taking in the poorest. The workhouse in Totnes is built in 1837-8 on the south side of Plymouth Road. It cost six thousand pounds and could accommodate up to 380 paupers. The workhouse became a public assistance institution and Broomborough Hospital before being converted into private housing.