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Being poor in the seventeenth century was not for sissies. Life was, however, better than it had been a hundred years earlier. In 1601, in the last parliament that Elizabeth I called, the great slew of Poor Law legislation that had been passed in the preceding years was consolidated. 1,183 more words
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
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
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
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