Source 1a

Detail of The New Poor Law poster 1837 (EXT 6/1)


[Man outside door:]

Pray, Sir, have mercy on us and let us in, or give us some relief, for we are actually starving.


[Man in doorway wielding a baton:]

Then go and rob for your living for ye can’t enter here – be off, ye varmint.


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1. This is an extract from an anti-Poor Law Poster drawn in 1837.

  • How desperate are the people trying to get into the workhouse?
  • What is the response of the workhouse master?