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Help and advice for Poor Houses

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Devon - Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

Here is an excellent essay by Bob Muchamore on the background to and the working of the Poor Law system, illustrated by examples of original records relating to Devon (archived copy).

Index to Devon-related names in Paupers in Workhouses 1861, provided by Lindsey Withers.

Mike Brown, of Dartmoor Press, has provided a detailed account Settlement & Removal in Rural Devon.

The Workhouse web-site has good general information about Poor Law matters, and an active map of Poor Law Unions in South West England.

Devon workhouses (archived copy) - from the Rossbret Workhouses website.

Bolt, Barbara. Hospitals and Asylums of Devon and Their Records, Exeter, Devon Family History Society.
Cole, Jean. Life in the Union Workhouse. In 25 Years with the Devon Family Historian, pp.25-29, Devon FHS, (2001).
Commissioners for Inquiry into Charities. (1819). Returns made to the Honourable the House of Commons of Charitable Donations for the Benefit of Poor Persons within the County of Devon, Containing the Hundreds of Ermington, Lifton, Plympton, Roborough, Tavistock, Black Torrington and Winkleigh, and the Boroughs of Barnstaple, Ashburton, Dartmouth and Totness. Plymouth: John Commins. Extracted from the large Work, printed by order of the House, 1817, 60 pp. [Index]
The Report of the Commissioners Concerning Charities: Containing that Part which Relates to the County of Devon, Exeter, T. Besley (1826) [Vols 1 and 2]
Izacke, R. An Alphabetical Register of Divers Persons, Who by their Last Wills, Grants, Feoffments, and other Deeds, have given Tenements, Rents, Annuities, and Monies, towards the Relief of the poor of the County of Devon and City and County of Exon...., Samuel Izacke (1736) 172 + 2 pp.[(LDS film - 1426109 Item 9]
Wheeleker, Susannah and Eyles, Sarah. Poor relief in Devon: two A-level personal studies, Exeter, Devonshire Association (1991) 40p: diagrs. [Westcountry Studies Library p362.58/DEV/WHE]
Parish Poor Law Records in Devon, Exeter, Devon Record Office (1993).
Devon Union Workhouses & Their Records, Exeter, Devon Family History Society.
Register of Lunatic Paupers - Axminster To Hemiock Hundreds - 1828, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D064). [Foreword]
Register of Lunatic Paupers - Lifton To Wonford Hundreds - 1828, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D065). [Foreword]
Militia Relief of Families - 19th March 1816, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D105). [Foreword]