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Conservation work- Wrexham Workhouse Collection

We do not have a conservator as part of our service and we rely upon external grants to fund most conservation work needed. This year, we have received part-funding from The Friends of the Clwyd Archives to restore seven admission/discharge registers from the… 307 more words

Widow Fling, Mr Gusheroons and friends

One of the delights of my job has been collating the various indexing projects carried out by our team of Archives volunteers, involving the collections of parish registers and records, and in particular the Poor Law Settlement Examinations.  553 more words


'Not alms but his legal due' - Part Two

The vagrants who most troubled the authorities were the Irish, who as well as being poor were foreign and catholic too, a combination guaranteed to outrage the sensibilities of most respectable Englishmen.  1,251 more words


'Not alms but his legal due' - Part One

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


TALK: "Is childbirth to be considered an illness?"

Monday 27th July – Brian Lancaster

Birth, death and burial in the Croydon and Godstone Poor Law Unions, 1835-1866’, a talk by Brian Lancaster. 12 more words


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