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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.
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