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Welcome to our all new website! Here you can find more about Barone Hopper, as well as samples of his work. There is also a photo gallery from his time at Christmas Island, in the time leading up to the British H Bomb tests there. Please Note: The site is currently in the process of being rebuilt due to vandalism by a hacker. Please bear with us while the work is being carried out.

News items are now mainly featured on the Blog page, as well as on our Social History Site Caremakers ( Current Items are also featured below:

New Book, Frith, OUT NOW!

This book Is available now via Amazon. To let you know more about it, the cover is shown below:


From the cover:

During his professional working life in social care and mental health, and subsequently in a deeply researched series of books, Barone Hopper has championed the vulnerable and the dispossessed. In Frith (an old English word for sanctuary) he explores in historical detail the succour available to life’s unfortunates from early times until the present day.

Lavishly illustrated with photographs, documents and maps, his story takes us from the support and security offered by the parish church in the Saxon and medieval periods, through the establishing of spitals, leper hospitals and pest houses to organised systems of relief from the days of the first Elizabeth to the Victorian workhouses and beyond.

Set apart from the chronological account are poignant insights into the often wretched lives of individuals in need. We read, for example, local authority minutes from the 1820s dealing with Poor Law issues (‘Pay to be stopped for one month on account of his son’s stealing turnip greens’;  ‘Ordered to return to the Poorhouse, she being too young to be sent out to Australia.’  ‘Friday March 7th 1834; Snelling, Elenor 50/- to be paid to Toler (the beadle) for him to convey her and family to Portsmouth and to see that they go on board the vessel for America’), while from more recent times there are revealing transcripts of the author’s conversations with a former Master of East Preston workhouse in West Sussex, and a history of modern Social Work in the twentieth century.

The book is now available directly from Amazon, click HERE for more details and to order it. Any further enquiries, please get in touch using our contacts page.