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Care of the poor 2
Help in hard times

"Three shillings a week"
On the 16th July 1788 at the Quarter Sessions in Presteigne another case of hardship came before the court. We do not know what help had been given to Richard Edward previously but here the court is instructing the parish authorities of Saint Harmon to make further payments.
People like Richard Edward might get different levels of care in different parishes, but here the court of the Quarter Sessions is being invoked to ensure better support for himself and his family. This would not have endeared him to the local parish authorities.

Quarter Sessions

County Archives


This entry from the Quarter Sessions Order Book reads:-
"Ordered that the Overseer of the Poor of the parish of Saint Harmon do pay weekly the further order to Richard Edward a poor man of the said parish for the maintenance of himself and family, the sum of three shillings weekly".
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