Reading about the famine that afflicted Ireland in the years 1845-52 is to discover story after story of the horrors that ensued. The families found naked and dead huddled together in some filthy hovel; the evictions that left other families to seek shelter in ditches and under hedges. 705 more words
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The second of my series of posts on poverty examines the evolution of poor laws in the British mainland.
Prior to the reformation – the switch, over large parts of Europe, from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism – the poor were looked after by the monasteries. 618 more words
"On Their Own Account: Victorian Pauper Letters, Statements and Petitions from the Midland Counties" - A talk by Dr Paul Carter
This sounds like a fascinating talk, by someone who really knows his stuff. Paul Carter works for The National Archives, where his job title is Principal Records Specialist for Domestic Records. 276 more words
In a report of a meeting of the Lewisham Board of Works (which sounds as riveting as its title suggests) from 1877, it was claimed that a supply of poisoned treacle was being sold in the borough. 295 more words
This week’s Country Matters theme has given me the perfect opportunity to dig out my copy of my favourite country diarist, Thomas Turner. He was a shopkeeper who lived in the village of East Hoathly near Lewes in Sussex in the latter half of the 18th century. 2,071 more words