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Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe, South Bank and Bishophill areas of York

Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

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Making ends meet on Nunnery Lane in the late 19th century

York Union LedgersMany of us enjoyed the recent talk on Poor Law records by Julie-Ann Vickers (Explore York). We now have a significant local resource that opens a window into the lives of people living in our neighbourhood over 100 years ago. In particular, there is detail about people who suffered from poverty and ill-health. Some people were receiving 'outdoor relief' from the Poor Law Guardians.

As this is a rare source which will be available for us to explore this year, we're hoping to develop a small research project related to poverty in the area in the second half of the 19th century. We'll be talking about this at our next management group meeting, but we'd like to get a sense of whether this subject interests people. If so, you might consider being involved in it. We can provide training.

If you might like to be involved it would help if you could let us know by Sunday 4 March, by emailing us on