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Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

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A loaf of the Parish bread: struggles with poverty in our area in the 19th century, reflected in a workhouse child

Our next talk is on Friday 27th March at 7.30 pm, when member Elaine Bradshaw will be talking about our local 19th century poverty research.

The lives of poor women in Victorian times could be unimaginably grim. Little Eliza Seymour was born illegitimate in the workhouse, orphaned at a month old and lived for most of her life in the notorious slums of York. Who looked after her? Did she have any education? What were her life choices? The records of the York Poor Law Union preserved in York Explore give us glimpses of her life and her struggles to survive.

BLOG - Grandfather applies to take Eliza

York Poor Law Union : Admissions and Relief Book - PLU3/1/1/10, Q ending Sept 1841, p 20  (York Explore)

The talk is at Clements Hall. The History Group provides free tea/coffee and cake at our meetings and there's a cash bar.

All welcome. You can become a member of the History Group for a small sum of £5 for 2020, which gives you reduced entry (£1) to talks. Non-members are also welcome, at a cost of £3 on the door.

There are a small number of free parking spaces near Clements Hall. It is also easily accessible by buses stopping in Blossom Street (walk along Moss Street opposite the Everyman Cinema).

If you have any queries please contact us via Clements Hall on 01904 466086 or email enquiries@clementshall.org.uk