Almshouses in early modern England : charitable housing in the mixed economy of welfare, 1550-1725

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Author: Nicholls, Angela
Language: English
Summary: This book is an examination of early modern English almshouses in the 'mixed economy' of welfare. Drawing on archival evidence from three contrasting counties - Durham, Warwickshire and Kent - between 1550 and 1725, the book assesses the contribution almshouses made within the developing welfare systems of the time and the reasons for the enduring popularity of this particular form of charity. Post-Reformation almshouses are usually considered to have been places of privilege for the respectable deserving poor, operating outside the structure of parish poor relief to which ordinary poor people were subjected, and making little contribution to the genuinely poor and needy. This book challenges these assumptions through an exploration of the nature and extent of almshouse provision; it examines why almshouses were founded in the late-sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, who the occupants were, what benefits they received and how residents were expected to live their lives. The book reveals a surprising variation in the socio-economic status of almspeople and their experience of almshouse life.
Physical Description: xi, 278 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 242-260) and index.
ISBN: 9781783271788 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)
1783271787 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)
Published: Woodbridge : The Boydell Press, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2017.
Series: People, markets, goods : economies and societies in history ; 8.

Call number

NEHA 1983/4402