The Abuse of Parish Apprentices

 Treatment of poor children in the Georgian period was sometimes appalling.   One instance, I uncovered yesterday concerned Anne Elway. Anne and her older brother James were the children of poor parents in the small town of Newnham-on-Severn.  In 1821 when Anne was just nine, the parish vestry, decided to allocate some children to local ratepayers as ‘apprentices’.  These were … Continue reading The Abuse of Parish Apprentices



It’s funny how things don’t really change.  When I checked Facebook early in the new year I saw on my local free ads. a desperate plea for help.  The post asked for recommendations on where to go by a man who described how he and his partner were evicted from their rented home, through no … Continue reading Help.