"The institution of Reformatory Schools is almost wholly a movement of the present day. They were needed, and have answered the object of their establishment. There are also numerous institutions for reforming female prisoners after their liberation from gaol. The Refuge for the Destitute receives 90, and since its foundation 6200 have come under its operation. The inmates are taught washing, laundry. work, needle and household work, reading, writing, and Scripture lessons; and situations are provided for them if they maintain good characters. The annual cost of the institution is 4500l. The Royal Female Philanthropic Society is another of the same class the house holds 50 inmates. The School of Discipline embraces similar objects.
Cruchley's London in 1865 : A Handbook for Strangers, 1865