Record Series - 157     

Bradford Poor Law Union: Papers and Correspondence with the Poor Law Commission, October 1834 to January 1839

edited by Paul Carter (2003)

Bradford Poor Law UnionThe passage of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act created an immense archive of letters, reports and memos from the responsible bodies. The papers form part of the huge Ministry of Health archive held at the National Archives at Kew, where the lack of an effective index or list of contents hinders access to this key resource.

Paul Carter’s transcription of the Bradford Poor Law Union correspondence is thus the first regional collection to have been fully transcribed, and from it we can see the wealth of social and historical detail contained in the papers.

The Bradford material contains the raw data for this highly detailed investigation into the changes from the “old” to the “new” poor law system in one of the fastest growing urban centres in England. Chapters cover local and national relief provision, the full remit of poor law concerns from individual pauper cases and workhouse provision to alarm in relation to the growth of radical working class ideas and the anti-Poor Law riots in the town, Transcriptions of the surviving assize court material are also included.

Dr Paul Carter works at the National Archives, Kew, London.

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