Noah Claypole is a minor antagonist in Oliver Twist.
Noah was Mr Sowerberry's apprentice who got jelous of Oliver being the new addition to the funeral business. He would often refer to Oliver as Workhouse since Oliver came from a workhouse run by the beadle Mr Bumble.
Some time after Oliver was first brought into the business, Noah insults Oliver's late mother at which point Oliver finally goes berserk and pounds Noah until Mrs Sowerberry locks him in a coffin and asks Noah to get Mr Bumble. Once Mr Bumble arrives he is stunned that Oliver picked up the strength to stand up for himself. He locks Oliver into the celler, only for Oliver to escape to London.