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Photograph of elderly couple outside Beaminster cottage

Photograph of elderly couple outside Beaminster cottage

Author: Hine, Richard

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1914

Shelfmark: 10369.s.16

Item number: Plate 1

Genre: Photograph

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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.

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