This short account gives an introduction to the lives of agricultural labourers in 19th century England. Large families lived in poorly maintained, tied cottages. Wages were low; income depended on work done, so a wet summer could mean near ...
starvation. Subjects include: the working day, amusements, education, diet, gang labour and machine breaking. Mention is made of efforts by reformers to improve the morals of the labouring poor. The effects of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 and the new workhouses are described. Autobiographies of farm labourers are summarised. A Biography and references for local records are included.
Number of pages: 60
Date of publication: 04/03/2011
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