The Devil's Law - aspects of popular opposition to the 1834 New Poor Law : a study with particular reference to North Cheshire, South Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire
in 1834 the members of the newly reformed parliament attempted to solve the problems of poor relief in England and Wales by bringing the Old Poor Law into line with the precepts of political economy. They failed and in the process unleashed a storm of popular protest. Throughout southern England angry farm labourers demanded to have their 'rights' restored to them. Relieving officers were mobbed, Guardians were stoned and workhouses were attached. The authorities responded with ruthless...[Show more]
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