New PDF release: Accommodating Poverty: The Housing and Living Arrangements

By Pamela Sharpe, Joanne McEwan

ISBN-10: 0230542425

ISBN-13: 9780230542426

This e-book bargains a close exam of the residing preparations and fabric situations of the negative betweeen 1650 and 1850.  Chapters examine negative families in city, rural and metropolitan contexts, and give a contribution to wider investigations into British financial and social stipulations within the lengthy Eighteenth century.

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The questions that need answering are, therefore, how much did the poor pay for their accommodation? What strategies were employed to meet basic accommodation needs and how did the need to pay rent determine welfare policy and pauper behaviour? 2 Rent and the urban poor The need for shelter is a basic necessity of human life. Since poor people did not, in common with most urban inhabitants, own the freehold of their dwellings, getting access to housing required the payment of rent. Rent is an interesting item of expenditure in the early modern economy because it seems to have almost always been paid in cash.

See also E. Sanderson, Women and Work in Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996), pp. 41–7. 34. A. Tomkins, The Experience of Urban Poverty, 1723–82: Parish, Charity and Credit (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006) looks in detail at arrangements in York, Oxford and Shrewsbury with a focus on institutional forms of relief examined through record linkage. See also A. Levene, ‘Children, Childhood and the Workhouse: St Marylebone 1769–1781’, London Journal 33:1, (2008), 41–59.

56 Gardens may have been scanty or non-existent. Twentieth-century writings by Flora Thompson or Laurie Lee evoke a misleading timeless rusticity to rural homes. When Laurie Lee arrived at the Gloucestershire village of Slad in 1918, he came to a cottage that stood in a half-acre of garden on steep bank above a lake, with three floors and a cellar and a treasure in the walls, with a pump and apple trees, syringa and strawberries, rooks in the chimneys, frogs in the cellar, mushrooms in the ceiling, and all for three and sixpence a week.

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