Tagged with poor laws

Paupers Riot 1830

Paupers Riot 1830

Here’s another horror story from Bristol’s past which serves as a warning of where we may be heading. The 1840s was a time of massive social upheaval across Europe, echoing the previous century’s ‘hungry forties’, but the problems were soaring in the 1830s. In Bristol, trade declines, so many workers were reduced to pauperism and … Continue reading

Policing Morality

Policing Morality

When Henry VIII closed the monasteries, local parishes had to enforce not just criminal, but also moral codes, which could get a bit messy, and often involved women. Here’s a list of incidents dealt with by the churchwardens of St James’ parish in Bristol in the 17th century: 1627 Item. for a warrant for her … Continue reading

Post Reformation English Government

There’s not a lot of information around on how England changed from being largely managed by religious houses to the monetarised Tudor system, including the infamous ‘Locust Years’ of the Stuarts. The Normans introduced huge flocks of sheep on the downs, but this changed to wheat growing, but ironically a large increase in meat consumption … Continue reading