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A COLLECTION OF ARTICLES AND HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS CONCERNING POOR RELIEF IN TODMORDEN AND WALSDEN, INCLUDING SPECIFIC STORIES

 

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POOR RELIEF BEFORE 1834

With specific cases in Todmorden & Walsden

ANTI-POOR LAW REBELLION AND RIOTS 1838

Illustrated story of why and how the inhabitants rebelled and rioted, destroying the houses of the members of the Board of Guardians, including details of those who were committed to trial at the Assizes.

1838 PETITION SIGNED BY OVER 1000 TODMORDEN & WALSDEN RESIDENTS

Over 1000 names, addresses & occupations of local residents in 1838 who signed a petition in support of their overseers against the introduction of the new Poor Laws

REFORM DAY

28th. July 1832

extracts from the diary of William Helliwell who was present at the celebrations in Todmorden

GAUXHOLME POORHOUSE

Pauper Palace or Hostel for the Homeless?

EASTWOOD PAUPERS IN 1863

an article taken from the Halifax Guardian Jan.1863 as the effects of the American Civil War began to bite the cotton towns. Submitted by John Alan Longbottom

TODMORDEN UNION WORKHOUSE

Blessed are the poor

1879-1948

WORKHOUSE INMATES AND STAFF 1881

Extracted from the 1881 census

 

AMANDA AND HANNAH

Amanda (Cooper) Haigh's statement of 1845 on her appeal against the Magistrate's decision to send her from Bacup to Todmorden before she could claim financial relief and

Hannah (Haigh) Walton's statement of 1845 to the Overseer. A poignant story of an ordinary family in Langfield

WORKHOUSE INMATES AND STAFF 1891

Extracted from the 1891 census

CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE WORKHOUSE

A poem by George R. Simms

written in 1879

 

 

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