Manuscripts relating to poor relief in Morwich, bound at the end of John Fransham's printed An exact account of the charge for supporting the poor of the City of Norwich (1720). The fourteen used leaves, composed in 1783-1784, contain: 1. Table apparently showing the amount spent annually on poor relief from 1757-1784 in Norwich, the price of corn, and 'Observations for particular years. 2. An 'Account of 1 year's expense of the New (or Duke's Palace) Workhouse, 1782', with a concluding memorandum on the cost for each pauper dated Jan 1783. 3. Accounts for the workhouse in Norwich, giving a table of salaries, details of the diet and earnings of the inmates, 'of the spinning schools', and the 'earnings clear to the corporation'.
Norwich poor relief papers
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- ReferenceGB 96 MS 646
- Dates of Creation1783-1784
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description51 leaves
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Administrative / Biographical History
In 1712, Norwich was one of the earliest cities to set up a poor law incorporation by special act of parliament. It comprised 44 parishes and was presided over by a Court of Guardians. There were two workhouses, one formerly a palace of the Duke of Norfolk, and the other a former monastery.
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Bound in the Goldsmith's Library volume An exact account of the charge for supporting the poor of the City of Norwich by John Fransham (1720; GL Cat. 5903).
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7¾" x 4½"
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
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