Making ends meet on Nunnery Lane: revealing local poverty in the Victorian period
Our research project is investigating poverty and hardship in the mid-19th century, in a part of our area of York to the south of the City Walls, Nunnery Lane.
We're using a new resource at Explore York Archives, where the cataloguing of post-1834 Poor Law records has revealed one of the best collections of out-relief records in Britain. These offer names, addresses, occupations, ages, and type and details of relief, both cash and in kind (for example flour and clothing).
Despite research on the workhouse little attention has been given to the many who received support at home.
Records are organised by parish and we're looking at St Mary’s Bishophill Junior. Our project aims to research social change in the period from 1837 to around 1882. Our team of volunteer researchers are tracking individuals of interest, such as orphans, or families.
We've now produced the following blog posts about our researches. You can also read further information using the links on the left.
Update detailed report May 2021 From stray cows to iron horses: how Francis Bean escaped poverty
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