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Caring for Dover's Poor

138 Pages
ISBN 0953616665

Out of print

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Over the centuries, Dover's story has been well told by various historians, both local and national, but one aspect has perhaps been neglected or overlooked: the plight of its poor. Whilst we are familiar with Dover's leading townsmen and their exploits, what do we know about the poor folk? Not much, since they did little of note, although there are references to organisations which cared for them. Until attitudes changed in the 20th century, the poor were often detested, usually feared and almost always regarded with shame.

The poor are always with us, it is said, and this is still true today. This book attempts to describe the problem of poverty in Dover over the centuries and how the authorities, both religious and secular, as well as certain individuals responded to it.

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