The economy of makeshifts and the poor law
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in The poor in England 1700–1850

This chapter explores the economy of makeshifts, the relationship between that economy of makeshifts and the character of the poor law in particular, for one of England's most neglected counties, Lancashire. In Lancashire, areas enjoying natural sources of energy such as water power felt the impact of early industrial development by the late eighteenth century. The chapter utilises rich documentation drawn from a variety of Lancashire communities. It includes the Survey of the Poor in 1818, the Survey of Poor Families in 1817 from Tottington, and the Census of the Poor from Great and Little Marsden in 1826. The chapter also includes the View of the Poor taken by Richard Eastwood of the same townships in 1829, the Census of the Poor for Ashton and Haydock in 1815 and the names of the sick and poor of Barrowford.

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The poor in England 1700–1850

An economy of makeshifts

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