Medical Provision for the Poor before 1834

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Society of Genealogists

14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road
Greater London

A must for social and family historians. Live Zoom talk Before 1834 there was no explicit legal requirement for parish overseers to provide medical relief but even by the 18th century most parishes were doing so. Sickness relief began to swallow up a sizeable chunk of Poor Law resources. So parishes considered medical relief to be cost effective. The sooner the poor could be cured and restored to independence the better. In this one-hour talk Dr Judy Hill looks at the parishes that gave medical relief to the aged and the chronically sick, the help that was given and how doctors dealt with the parish poor. It is evident that administrators of the old Poor Law tried to cope in a humane manner with the problems of unemployment, illness, old age and death. Judy examines the role of the unreformed workhouse which tended to be responsible for the elderly, sick, pregnant, young, impotent poor and ‘worn out’ people. In fact parishes were miniature welfare states and the system did offer some measure of protection against sickness and utter destitution. However after 1815 it became more difficult to accomplish as parish vestries faced increasing relief bills and a sharp rise in the number of poor relief recipients. You can join Judy for a Questions session after the talk. There are no special entry requirements for this talk and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail.

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Upcoming event dates:

  • Wednesday 30th September 2020 14:00 - 15:00


Virtual talk on Zoom for 1-hour, starting at 14.00 UK time: £10.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £5.00

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