The unfortunate Widow Harriet Pinks

A young widow, Harriet Pinks was discovered unconscious and starving in her room at 6 St Thomas’s-Road, Bow-common. A [four-day-old] dead baby was by her side. The surgeon attending revived her by placing her on a mattress by the fire, but nothing could be done for the child. It had died from starvation [even though well developed] when the woman had become unconscious … She was given supplies and the sympathy of parochial authorities who planned to remove her to the workhouse.

O’Neill, Gilda. The Good Old Days: Poverty, Crime and Terror in Victorian London (pp. 16-17). Endeavour Press. Kindle Edition.

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