The Poor Law 1600-1834

Archive Notes:

This summary (prepared by Steph Cox and Michael Heaton) of the Poor Law from 1600-1834 (when the basis changed radically) brings together additional material as well as references found in accession numbers 160, 298, 680, 1536 (Victoria County History), 1754 and 1831; and also four summaries of files at Oxford History Centre. These references are shown by footnotes.

Details of a Vestry Meetings in 1830 and 1831 show that the overseers were not sympathetic to the declared poverty of some of the residents.

Divisions of the Constabulary are included

For extracts from Overseers Books Poor Rates, see the file on the shelf in WVA

For the 1845 survey and valuation of Wheatley Parish for the purposes of a Poor Rate see record 2525.

See also record 2350

Most of these records are also held in the file on the reference shelf 'Parish Matters'

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