More From the Parish Chest

By Stanley Merridew

Before the introduction of the Poor Law in 1601 those falling on hard times relied on largely on charity.  Local charities were setup by benefactors and continued in some cases to the present day.  It is always worth checking if any records survive, although in my experience many give very little details of those receiving assistance.  The new act provided for the appointment of overseers in each township. 

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