In recent years, Poor Law historians have increasingly turned their attention to pauperism ‘from below’, applying a range of methodological techniques. However, very few have applied these approaches to the 1834 New Poor Law. This article uses the only surviving mid-nineteenth century outdoor relief lists in Lancashire to explore the nature of pauperism and the role of the Poor Law at local level. It is argued that the Poor Law in this region operated as little more than a safety net, and that many paupers requiring long-term relief would have relied on further assistance from kin which often came in the form of shared households.
|Journal||CONTINUITY AND CHANGE|
|Publication status||Submitted - 2018|