Naomi Tadmor

The Settlement of the Poor in Eighteenth-Century England

The poor relief system, which developed in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, directly concerned migration. The key question was: who was entitled to relief? The lecture will examine how the concept of ‘settlement’ developed, and was monitored through the use of bureaucratic documents, which had an important impact on the processes of state formation.

Naomi Tadmor is Professor of History at Lancaster University. She is the author of Famiiy and Friends in Eighteenth-Century England: Household, Kinship, and Patronage (Cambridge, 2001), and The Social Universe of the English Bible: Scripture, Society and Culture in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2010), and co-editor of The Practice and Representation of Reading in England (Cambridge, 1996). She is currently studying the relationships between law, society, and poor relief in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England.