The Settlement Laws 2
|Avoiding charges on
the poor rate
The document shown below, a continuation of that shown on the previous page, is typical of many held among the Quarter Sessions records of the Powys County Archives.
It was a routine practice for the Justices of the Peace to authorise the removal of paupers to the parish in which they have been granted settlement, so that they do not make demands upon the poor rate.
The normal procedure was for the parish constable or other officials to forcibly escort paupers (often after a whipping) to the parish boundary on the route back to their home parish. There they would be handed over to those responsible for the task in the next parish, along with the necessary documents.
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