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Neil Wright Talk – The New Poor Law in Lincolnshire
April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm£5
In the 17th and 18th centuries each parish was responsible for looking after its poor, who included the elderly, unmarried mothers, and the unemployed. By the early 19th century, the system had become inefficient and expensive. In 1834 an Act was passed to amend the Poor Law, and for the first time this introduced a national system of specially created local bodies (Poor Law Unions) overseen by a central Board in London – in effect this was the start of what was to eventually become the modern Welfare State. However, the Act imposed a harsh regime to discourage people from seeking such help, and this “fear of the workhouse” is the memory that has come down to us. This talk will look at the introduction of the New Poor Law into Lincolnshire and the changes it brought.