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Bridget Hill

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.001.0001

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Pauper Servants

Pauper Servants

(p.128) 7 Pauper Servants

Bridget Hill

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the employment of paupers as domestic servants in England during the 18th century. Pauper servants were usually those placed out by the parish authorities all too anxious to be rid of the responsibility for their maintenance. These types of servants provided a cheap source of labour for those with small incomes because they were paid very little. During this period, most parishes offered servant training in order to provide employment for the poor.

Keywords:   paupers, domestic servants, England, parish children, servant training, parishes, poor people

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