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Navigating the Old English Poor Law: The Kirkby Lonsdale Letters, 1809-1836

Peter Jones and Steven King


This edition of 599 letters written by, for or about the poor to the early nineteenth century Cumbrian town of Kirkby Lonsdale provides a unique window onto the experiences, views and conditions of a much neglected group in English social history. The letters provide a sense of the emotional landscape of people who have so far largely escaped our attention, telling the intensely human stories of their hardships and the efforts they made to survive, often against considerable odds. However, they also give a real sense of the agency of the poor and their advocates, demonstrating time and again t ... More

Keywords: Hardship, Poverty, Poor Law, Welfare, Pauper Letters, Paupers, Agency, History, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266816
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266816.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Jones, editor
Nottingham Trent University

Steven King, editor
Nottingham Trent University