William Burman was a carpenter all of his life. His life was a short one, he did not get to enjoy any retirement as he died of heart disease and exhaustion at the age of 60.
He went into the workhouse sick and never came out. The conditions in the workhouse at that time were awful. A report written in the year of his death about the Great Yarmouth workhouse was not impressed. Failures from lack of patient assistance from 8:30 at night until 6:30 the next morning to the fact that there was no running water in the infirmary was written about in their report.
It is perhaps not a wonder that William did not live after entering the workhouse infirmary. Perhaps the wonders is that anyone left the workhouse healthy.