Poster responding to the New Poor Law


This nightmarish vision of imprisonment, forced labour and corporal punishment was created in response to the new 1834 Poor Law, which met with widespread criticism. Poor relief was now only supplied within the workhouse, where families were split up into gender-divided wards and not allowed to leave; in return for their relief paupers would carry out several hours of often gruelling labour each day.

Full title:
The New Poor Law with a description of the new Workhouses. Look at the Picture - See
estimated 1834
Poster / Illustration / Image
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National Archives
HO 44/27 pt 2

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