This workhouse report for the London parish of St Paul, Covent Garden, relates to a workhouse that existed on Cleveland Street - the same street that Charles Dickens lived as a boy. Historian and author Ruth Richardson delves into this connection in her book Dickens and the Workhouse (2012), in which she argues that Dickens drew on his experience of this workhouse for the novel Oliver Twist (1838).

The report was produced in 1831 and outlines a series of changes. The diet was to be amended, in some cases reducing the amount of food provided, and the inmates were divided into separate quarters by gender.