Later used more generally as an informal term for a paupers' or famine graveyard, especially associated with workhouse burial grounds.
In recent years, there has been a growing campaign to protect bully's acre sites from redevelopment.
In addition to its function of a gaol for the rogue, it might also include a workhouse for the poor, hospital for the old, and industrial school for the young.
Boarding out was the practice of placing workhouse children in the long-term care of foster parents who usually received a weekly allowance for each child staying with them.
(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.
Training in the various crafts was provided by outside volunteers and the costs were initially borne by Lady Brabazon.