Lewes History Group talk: The Poor Law in Lewes – ‘A measure of extreme harshness and cruelty’? Monday 9 May 2022, 7:00 for 7:30pm start

Mary Rudling: The Poor Law in Lewes – ‘A measure of extreme harshness and cruelty’?

Mary Rudling’s talk for Lewes History Group covers the period 1800-1860 and considers the profile of the poor and the support they received before and after 1834.

Many Lewes residents were opposed to interference from the government in London when the New Poor Law was implemented and there was a difficult relationship between local officials and the Poor Law Commissioners.

She will compare poor relief in Lewes with relief in more rural parishes in the Weald and on the Downs and will include case studies of individual paupers and officials.

Anti-Poor Law poster with detail
Image: Courtesy of Mary Evans Picture Library. Click to enlarge

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

Entry: Due to limited seating, admission will be by advance ticketing only – no payments on the door. Please book in advance at https://ticketsource.co.uk/lhg

Tickets are FREE for LHG members, and £4 for non-members. We will have lists of ticket-holders at the door and will check you in.

Member tickets are available now, non-members from 25 April. Ticket sales will close at 5:30pm on the day of the talk.

Covid precautions: We would prefer it if you wore a mask while in the hall. We will provide hand-gel dispensers at the door, but we will not be able to serve tea/coffee.

See the Talks page for a list of  forthcoming monthly events organised by the Lewes History Group.