(Anne Murch) The author brings to life what it was really like to be a member of the rural poor during the Georgian period. Her findings are based on ten years of detailed research from many sources, primarily the accounts of the overseers of the poor law for six Somerset villages during the 18th and early 19th centuries.
The book explores how the administration of the Old Poor Law directly affected the population, in areas ranging from housing and clothes to health care and funerals.
120 pages. Soft covers.