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Alms, Charity and Parish: Relief for Guildford’s Poor (T250)

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25 March 2020 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

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Date: 25 March 2020
Time:
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Cost:
Free
Reference Code:
T250
Location:
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH

Overview

Speaker: Volunteers from the Institute Library

The early Victorian era was a time of great upheaval for agriculture and unemployment amongst labourers was high. This placed an intolerable burden on parish relief – a system unchanged since the Elizabethan era. It soon became a national problem and the government of the day needed a solution. The Reverend Becher’s paper The Anti-Pauper System (1832), in which he outlined his idea for a ‘house of industry’, sowed the seeds for the establishment of the workhouse.

The Guildford Union workhouse designed by George Gilbert Scott and W B Moffatt opened its doors in 1838. Volunteers from the Institute’s Library will guide the audience through Guildford’s history of alms-giving, its local charities and the workhouse on the hill.

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