21st September 1903. Emily Norkett and her illegitimate baby son William Thomas Norkett were admitted to the City Road Workhouse in Holborn. Emily’s occupation was ‘charring’ (part-time cleaning) and she was twenty-four at the time.
As a poor mother of an illegitimate child, Emily would have had little choice but to enter the workhouse. It seems likely she would have left as soon as possible, once she was fit to work, but I wonder if William stayed there.