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Disabled mill workers, shoddy fever, harsh times, positive contributions

Bringing two of Shoddy’s themes together, I wanted to find out about disabled people’s roles in the textile mills during the industrial revolution (1760 – 1820) and the period afterwards. 1,052 more words

Disabled People

The Black Isle Poorhouse

Coping with the poor has long been a problem for governments and local communities and, of course, let’s not forget enduring the indignity of relying on others for something to eat and a place of shelter has never been much fun for the poor themselves. 2,270 more words

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

Archives Centre

'An idle sluttish and noisome people'

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.  1,258 more words


Almhouses and Vagrants

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. 1,119 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