Vagrancy and the New Poor Law
The Evolution of Casual Relief in England and Wales, 1800-1919

By (author) Brian O'Leary

ISBN13: 9781138213289

Imprint: Routledge

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd

Format: Hardback

Published: 31/12/2023

Availability: No longer supplied by us

From 1837 the Poor Law Commissioners in the United Kingdom sanctioned temporary relief at workhouses for casual wayfarers, heralding a departure from historic attempts to control the wandering poor with criminal vagrancy legislation. The proposed book provides a detailed account of the development of the casual relief system while also addressing gaps in the historiography of Victorian and Edwardian vagrancy, such as the significant underestimation of women using the system, contemporary perceptions of the alleged threat, the influence of penal separation upon casual relief, and changes in the attributes of recipients that occurred during the period.
Introduction 1. The Vagrant Threat 2. In Pursuit of the Vagrant 3. Habitual Vagrant or Honest Wayfarer? 4. The Origins of the Casual Relief System in England and Wales c.1800-1847 5. The Development of a Casual Relief System in England and Wales 1847-1871 6. National objectives and local implementation 1871-1919 Summary and Conclusions
  • Social & cultural history
  • British & Irish history
  • Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
  • Tertiary Education (US: College)
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