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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


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


Removal Orders and Child-Stealing Chimney Sweeps: How Newspapers Demolished a Brick Wall – Part 1

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

Family History

Poor Law Tories

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