(See also scattered comes, cottage homes, children and education) The pounding of old bones into dust for use as fertilizer. The Brabazon Scheme was initiated in 1880 by Lady Brabazon who later became the Countess of Meath.In the 1840s, there was a public scandal when it was discovered that malnourished inmates at Andover workhouse had been fighting over scraps of rotting meat left on some bones they were supposed to be crushing. It was intended to provide interesting and useful occupation such as knitting, embroidery or lace-making for non-able-bodied workhouse inmates who spent long hours confined to bed or in day rooms.An establishment originally offering a wide range of care, not only medical but also non-medical provision such as shelter and food, the education of children, and sanctuary for those incapacitated by old age or chronic infirmity.
Casuals were housed in a separate area of the workhouse, usually near the entrance, known as the casual ward.
However, it gradually spread, particularly when it was found that the goods produced were saleable and made the scheme self-financing. Originally the graveyard adjoining the Royal Hospital in Dublin, where no payment of fees was exacted.
Later used more generally as an informal term for a paupers' or famine graveyard, especially associated with workhouse burial grounds.
The badge, in red or blue cloth, consisted of the letter "P" together with the initial letter of the parish, for example "AP" for Ampthill parish.
Pauper's badge for Ampthill parish The local management committee for each Poor Law Union.
In recent years, there has been a growing campaign to protect bully's acre sites from redevelopment.