Tagged with poverty

St Thomas’s Old Operating Theatre

St Thomas’s Old Operating Theatre

This is a wonderful, haunting but small museum, a place that should make you fall down and give thanks to whoever you believe in that modern medicine exists. It’s in the attic to provide maximum light for operations. Everything is so small, especially the operating table which I doubt would be long enough for me. … Continue reading

King Miser

This is from News from the English Countryside, from December 1812: A person by the name of Baldock who died lately at Canterbury, exhibited an instance of the accumulation of wealth from very small beginnings, in fact from nothing. He died at the age of little more than 60, possessed of one million one hundred … Continue reading

A Dropt Child

This is from the Kentish Gazette of April 1775. Abandoning children was a crime as they had to be supported by the local parish, ie about money rather than child neglect per se. Similarly, if a man ran off and left his family he faced the same crime: “Dropt at the Door of Henry Pembly, … Continue reading

Runaway Husband

Abandoned kids and single mums are far from new. But in the past, it was a criminal offence, as it meant that the family became the responsibility of the local parish for support, so was deemed fraud. the horrors of poverty back then were very real, and the poor really did die young and badly, … Continue reading

The Savage Poet

The Savage Poet

Richard Savage (1697-1743) was one of the most controversial characters of the 18th century literary scene in England. He was a self proclaimed genius, who also claimed to be the illegitimate son of an aristocrat. He was a close friend of Dr Johnson, who wrote his biography, which accepted Savage’s claims, and which established Johnson’s … Continue reading