New PDF release: An Economic History of the English Poor Law, 1750-1850

By George R. Boyer

ISBN-10: 0511528590

ISBN-13: 9780511528590

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Over the past 3rd of the eighteenth century, such a lot parishes in rural southern England followed rules supplying terrible reduction outdoor workhouses to unemployed and underemployed able-bodied labourers. the controversy over the commercial results of 'outdoor' reduction funds to able-bodied employees has endured for over 2 hundred years. This booklet examines the commercial function of the bad legislations within the rural south of britain. It offers a version of the rural labour industry that offers motives for the common adoption of outside aid rules, the endurance of such rules until eventually the passage of the terrible legislations modification Act in 1834, and the pointy local modifications within the management of aid. The publication demanding situations many in most cases held ideals concerning the negative legislation and concludes that the adoption of out of doors reduction for able-bodied paupers used to be a rational reaction by means of politically dominant farmers to adjustments within the rural fiscal surroundings.

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However, for the purposes of my argument, it is not necessary to determine why cottage industry declined, only the extent of its decline. The Old Poor Law in Rural Areas, 1760-1834 39 Through the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-6) contained information concerning the prosperity of the East Anglian woollen industry in the 1720s. At the time, the woollen trade was flourishing in Norwich, Colchester, and many of the smaller towns in East Anglia, and Defoe noted that rural villages throughout the region were "employed, and in part maintained, by the spinning of wool" (1724-6: I, 17, 37, 48, 61-2).

The North. " However, for the purposes of my argument, it is not necessary to determine why cottage industry declined, only the extent of its decline. The Old Poor Law in Rural Areas, 1760-1834 39 Through the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-6) contained information concerning the prosperity of the East Anglian woollen industry in the 1720s. At the time, the woollen trade was flourishing in Norwich, Colchester, and many of the smaller towns in East Anglia, and Defoe noted that rural villages throughout the region were "employed, and in part maintained, by the spinning of wool" (1724-6: I, 17, 37, 48, 61-2).

Papers 1834: XXXI). " Hasbach (1908: 108) concluded that "the cottagers who rented an acre or two of land had to feel the effects of engrossing. "32 Unfortunately, there has been little research into the process of engrossment in long-enclosed parishes. Available evidence suggests, however, that by the early nineteenth century laborers in regions enclosed before 1750 had very small cottage gardens and generally were not able to rent allotments. For instance, Arthur Young, the author of agricultural surveys for the long-enclosed counties of Suffolk (1797) and Essex (1807), lamented the general inadequacy of cottage gardens in both counties (1797: 11; 1807: 49).

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