Photograph of elderly couple outside Beaminster cottage
Author: Hine, Richard
Medium: Photographic print
Elderly couple standing by their cottage photographed by Richard Hine for one of the forty illustrations in his "History of Beaminster"(1914).
Richard Hine was a native of Beaminster and his photographs show that life was still very basic for many people living in the nearby countryside. Rural poverty had already become a problem during the first half of the 19th century. The Beaminster Poor Law Union was established in 1836. Its first decision was to build a workhouse, large enough to accommodate 230 unfortunates from the surrounding villages, at Stoke Water, about a mile out of Beaminster.