Poor Relief Rate Book, Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Date:1843

Description:This book lists all those who were receiving 'Poor Relief' in Newcastle in 1848.

After the Poor Relief Amendment Act of 1834, parishes no longer provided relief to their poor, but were grouped together in ‘unions’.
Each union built a workhouse that offered such awful conditions that only the desperate would seek to go there.
The commission recommended that the poor should only receive help from within the workhouse, but many continued to offer ‘outdoor relief’ – especially in industrial areas.


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Donor ref:T5108 (22/27254)

Source: Brampton Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle under Lyme

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