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Victorian Food Mills

from Old-House Online

Re-creating a Stanford White Pantry

Blank studied the original Ogden Mills pantry designed by Stanford White. (Photo: Jonathan Wallen)

Guenther House in San Antonio on the Riverwalk. Founder of Pioneer Mills, C.H. Guenther built this home in 1860, and it has been restored and turned into a wonderful restaurant.

The Poor Law Act, 1601, allowed parishes to levy a poor rate on householders, which could then be distributed to the needy of that parish by an appointed overseer. By the 18th century, neighbouring parishes were beginning to work together, some even sharing a building in which they could house their old, sick and orphaned poor, thus saving on individual payments for rent and food. The ‘workhouse test’ was introduced in 1723 allowing overseers to withhold