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Almshouses in early modern England : charitable housing in the mixed economy of welfare, 1550-1725 / Angela Nicholls.

Author/creator Nicholls, Angela
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoWoodbridge, Suffolk, UK : The Boydell Press, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2017.
Descriptionxi, 278 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Supplemental Content Full text available from JSTOR eBooks
Series People, markets, goods: economies and societies in history ; Volume 8
People, markets, goods: economies and societies in history ; v. 8. ^A1252528
Summary This book is an examination of early modern English almshouses in the 'mixed economy' of welfare. Drawing on archival evidence from three contrasting counties - Durham, Warwickshire and Kent - between 1550 and 1725, the book assesses the contribution almshouses made within the developing welfare systems of the time and the reasons for the enduring popularity of this particular form of charity. Post-Reformation almshouses are usually considered to have been places of privilege for the respectable deserving poor, operating outside the structure of parish poor relief to which ordinary poor people were subjected, and making little contribution to the genuinely poor and needy. This book challenges these assumptions through an exploration of the nature and extent of almshouse provision; it examines why almshouses were founded in the late-sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, who the occupants were, what benefits they received and how residents were expected to live their lives. The book reveals a surprising variation in the socio-economic status of almspeople and their experience of almshouse life.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 242-260) and index.
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2017304092
ISBN9781783271788 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)
ISBN1783271787 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)

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