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Sickness, medical welfare and the English poor, 1750-1834$
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Steven King

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526129000

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526129000.001.0001

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Dying, being buried and leaving people behind

Dying, being buried and leaving people behind

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(p.220) 7 Dying, being buried and leaving people behind
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Sickness, medical welfare and the English poor, 1750-1834
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Steven King

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526129000.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the attitudes of parishes to those whose treatment failed and who thus spiralled into a last illness and death. It suggests that officials responded positively and even generously to last illnesses and that they erred on the side of caution when alerted to serious sickness. Where their efforts failed, the chapter explodes the myth that pauper funerals were miserable and punishing affairs. Rather they happened across a rich spectrum and were probably little different to those afforded to the independent labouring classes.

Keywords:   Pauper funerals, Last illness, Allowances, Coffins

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