Lewes History Group talk: The Poor Law in Lewes – ‘A measure of extreme harshness and cruelty’? Monday 9 May 2022, 7:20 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

Entry to this talk is free to LHG members, and £4 for non-members, payable at the door.

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

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