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Knottingley and Ferrybridge Local History

ASPECTS OF CIVIL ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN

NINETEENTH CENTURY KNOTTINGLEY


By TERRY SPENCER B.A. (HONS), Ph D.

Preliminary Draft May 2005

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER ONE - KNOTTINGLEY SELECT VESTRY

CHAPTER TWO - THE POOR LAW

CHAPTER THREE - KNOTTINGLEY POOR LAW : INDOOR RELIEF

CHAPTER FOUR - KNOTTINGLEY POOR LAW : OUTDOOR RELIEF

CHAPTER FIVE - CLAIMANTS AND PAYMENTS

CHAPTER SIX - HUMAN DIMENSIONS

CHAPTER SEVEN - KNOTTINGLEY WORKHOUSE

CHAPTER EIGHT - HEALTH AND SICKNESS

CHAPTER NINE - DEATH AND BURIAL

CHAPTER TEN - LAW AND ORDER


A NOTE CONCERNING SOURCES

The principal source used for this study is the collection of Minute Books of the Knottingley Select Vestry. The books are five in number and are designated as follows: -

Book ‘A’ 25-5-1823 to 10-11-1840
Book ‘B’ 24-11-1840 to 4-3-1852
Book ‘C’ 18-3-1852 to 17-10-1861
Book ‘D’ 31-10-1861 to 3-11-1881
Book ‘E’ 24-3-1882 to 2-6-1919

Select Vestry minutes are less than a complete source of information, providing names and decisions and affording a tantalising insight into events at a particular period but often lacking precise details concerning the financial and socio-political context which prompted Vestry discussion and decisions arising from such considerations. Yet despite this drawback the Minute Books reveal the varied duties of parish officials and the multiple aspects of Poor Law administration allied to the evolution of a system of local government within the developing township of Knottingley during the nineteenth century. Without this data our knowledge and understanding of the lives of our forebears would be immeasurably poorer.

©2005 Dr. Terry Spencer


| INDEX | INTRODUCTION | CHAPTER ONE | CHAPTER TWO | CHAPTER THREE | CHAPTER FOUR |
| CHAPTER FIVE | CHAPTER SIX | CHAPTER SEVEN |
CHAPTER EIGHT | CHAPTER NINE | CHAPTER TEN |


 

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