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The impact of social housing on public health in Hull, 1750-1900

Population and housing

As seen in the map above, the medieval town of Hull was divided up into small plots of land situated around the High Street and the Lowgate district of the town. 1,390 more words

11th July 1835. Andover Workhouse Scandal.

Down the ages many people in power, particularly in public institutions, have abused their authority over the vulnerable in society.

We see this today with child abuse: in the 19thc it was the tyrannical workhouse Master and often his wife, as revealed in the scandalous Andover Workhouse, which was only the most notorious of many cases of cruelty.(1) 401 more words


Removal Orders and Child-Stealing Chimney Sweeps: How Newspapers Demolished a Brick Wall – Part 1

In my post about “Bigamy in Batley” I introduced my 4x great grandparents Robert Burnett and Ann Jackson. Due to Robert’s job as a tinner/brazier, the Burnett family moved frequently in the early days of their marriage. 1,363 more words

Family History

Poor Law Tories

Yesterday Gideon Osborne the chancellor of the ruling Conservative party in Britain revealed to the country his budget proposals. Although on the surface, the intention to phase-in a £9 an hour living (minimum) wage by 2020 sounds progressive, the real intention was to hoodwink the public into thinking this announcement somehow counteracted the effect on the poor resulting from the abolition of working tax credits and the limiting of welfare payments to a maximum of £23,000 per household. 710 more words

Former Oldham Nurse’s Death

Many people in the Oldham district, particularly those connected with hospital work, will hear with deep regret the death of Nurse Donovan, formerly connected with the Oldham Poor Law Institution. 431 more words

World War One

Hogarth's Grand Tour of Sheppey

Guest Post by BK

26th May 1732: it is a fine Spring evening in London. William Hogarth and some friends are enjoying a convivial evening in The Bedford Arms, a tavern on the South side of the Covent Garden Piazza. 1,113 more words


The Kelly family: Famine refugees who outwitted the Poor Law authorities

The Irish population of the Stafford district quadrupled between 1841 and 1851.[1] The Irish Famine had an immediate impact on districts like Stafford as well as the on the better known cities like Liverpool. 1,040 more words