Shelley
Poor relief

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Victoria County History

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W. R. Powell (Editor)

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1956

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'Shelley: Poor relief', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956), pp. 208. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=15661&strquery=shelley Date accessed: 21 November 2014.


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POOR RELIEF

In 1613 the cost of poor relief was 20s. 4d. (fn. 67) In 1776 it was £64. (fn. 68) In 1783-5 expenditure averaged £89 a year. (fn. 69) In the years of scarce food at the turn of the century it almost reached £300 and through the Napoleonic wars varied between £200 and £345. (fn. 70) There was a parish poorhouse by 1776. (fn. 71) In each of the three years ending at Easter 1815 there were 16 or 17 persons on 'permanent' outdoor relief and 9 or 10 persons who were relieved occasionally. (fn. 72) In 1836 Shelley became part of Ongar Poor Law Union.

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67 E.R.O., Q/SBa 3.
68 Ibid. Q/CR 1/1.
69 Ibid.
70 Ibid. Q/CR 1/9. The peak year was 1809-10.
71 Rep. Sel. Cttee. on Overseers' Retns. 1777, H.C. Ser. i, vol. ix, p. 350.
72 Ibid. Q/CR 1/10.


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