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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


Beatrice Potter visits Joseph Chamberlain, family and a visitor

Have you ever thought what a grand Victorian home would look like?  Well – at the other end of this piece you’ll have an interesting description – but don’t jump to the end just yet. 1,072 more words

Beatrice Potter

Creating a Welfare State

Why was the 1906 education (Provision of Meals Act) providing free school meal to children in need, so different from how the Victorian Poor Law offered help? 303 more words


Unclaimed Humanity: Desertion of Family

On March 11th 1870, a 50 year old plane-maker named James Fellowes was charged before the police court with abandoning his wife and five children and leaving them chargeable to Birmingham parish. 655 more words

19th Century

Boys on Trial

When looking at the Old Bailey Online, I found an abundance of petty crime cases such as pick-pocketing between 1835 and 1845. There were 2947 cases of pick-pocketing during this decade, and some cases were committed… 1,902 more words