Norfolk Pauper Inventories, c.1690-1834

Norfolk Pauper Inventories, c.1690-1834

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Pauper inventories were made by poor law officials to record the possessions that people on poor relief owned. These inventories have been known to exist for decades, yet they are notoriously difficult to find and have been under-utilised by generations of historians.

For the first time, this book contains transcriptions of 230 pauper inventories from Norfolk. The sources are fully contextualised and indexed, alongside four comprehensive chapters which outline the source's importance and usefulness to readers. Pauper inventories are powerful documents which reveal new insights into the living conditions of the destitute and show that being poor did not necessarily equate to owning very little. The sources will be of use to economic, social and cultural
historians who study a wide range of topics including consumption, material culture, production, everyday life, poverty and welfare.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 163 x 242 x 28mm | 696g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0197266657
  • 9780197266656

About Joseph Harley

Joseph Harley is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Derby. He held an Economic History Society fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London and has previously taught at the University of Leicester and Loughborough University. He is an expert in poverty, consumption and welfare in Britain during the long eighteenth century (c.1650-1850) and has published articles in Historical Journal, Social History, and
Continuity and Change.
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