Poor Relief in Rottingdean and Surrounding Parishes c1800-1860

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre

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Poor Relief in Rottingdean and Surrounding Parishes c1800-1860

Day Saturday
Date29th October 2022
Time 10:00 - 12:30
Presenter Mary Rudling
Cost £10.00
Room Main Hall
Availability 33/36 Places
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Event Description

Poor Relief in Rottingdean and Surrounding Parishes c1800-1860

This talk will discuss the impact of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment  Act on the poor in parishes in eastern Sussex. The legislation aimed to impose a cheaper, more uniform and significantly a more deterrent system of poor relief. Mary will compare the support people received prior to and following 1834, both outdoor relief and indoor support in a workhouse. She will discuss the considerable intra-regional variations in levels of poverty in eastern Sussex and the reasons for this. The talk will include profiles of local relief officials and case studies of individual relief recipients in Rottingdean.

Presenter
Mary has been carrying out research into nineteenth century poverty in Sussex for several years; initially for an MA and more recently for a PhD.  For her MA dissertation Mary compared relief in the downland parish of Rottingdean with relief in Chiddingly in the Weald, (see Sussex Archaeological Collections Vol. 155).  Her PhD includes research into sixteen parishes in the Weald, on the Downs and in Lewes.