Edward John (1809 - 11 March 1875)

Master of the Cardiff Workhouse.

Ref MH 12/16254 Cardiff Poor Law Union correspondence, Jan-June 1859

A long investigation into the misconduct of Edward John. Master of the Workhouse. He was charged with reducing food allowances for the paupers to improve the rations for Officers, altering account books to cover up his doings and returning to the workhouse drunk and improperly punishing two inmates.

The report contains several witness statements and newspaper clippings and details of the rations received by inmates and Officers.

The Master and Mistress (Sarah - his wife) and their daughter, the schoolmistress, were all forced to resign but after a petition in favour of John, he was reinstated.

Source : National Archives