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Tiverton St Peters – Paupers – 1776

This booklet was compiled by members of the Devon Family History Society in co-operation with the Devon Records Office. The booklet provides an extract of some information and further details may be obtained from the Devon Records Office. This account book was kept by the overseers of the poor in Tiverton and records payments made to the poor every month between July and November 1776. There are two sections to the book. The first part lists, in alphabetical order, those receiving poor relief in their own homes. This was known as ‘out-relief’. Often these people would need help for a short period only. The occupations of the paupers are given, the number of children dependant upon them, the reason they needed relief and the amount paid to them each month. The second part of the book lists the paupers in the workhouse and the reasons they were there. These were people who were too young, too old or too infirm too earn their own living, and the reason for relief is usually stated briefly in words such as ‘blind’ or ‘sick’. No ages or occupations are given.


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