Living the Poor Life: a guide to the Poor Law Union Correspondence c 1834-1871 held at the National

Author: Paul Carter and Natalie Whistance

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The correspondence between Poor Law Unions, Boards of Guardians and the central Poor Law Board opens up the lives of many thousands of individuals, both inmates and staff. This guide introduces and explains this vast set of records, and reveals how their study greatly extends our knowledge of life in the workhouse and the attitudes of society to poverty in the mid-nineteenth century. The records of 22 selected Poor Law Unions have been catalogued and digitised, searchable by place, person and subject.