1813 Report of the State of the Poor in the Parish of Burslem - Enoch Wood Scrapbook

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Date:16th of January 1813

Description:This list, compiled by Burslem's Parish Churchwardens, reveals some of the town's unemployment problems in the period around Christmas 1812 and January of the following year.

The rates

'Rates' collected by church parishes helped to alleviate some difficulties, by allowing parishes to make 'casual' payments to the poor.

However, if a person could no longer struggle on, they could be committed to the workhouse.

The jobless

This list names all of the unemployed workers, men and women, who were receiving 'casual' poor relief in Burslem at the time.

Their trades are also listed. Churchwardens hoped that local manufacturers would be able to offer employment to some of them, "so as to reduce the burthens of the Parish."

As well as adult workers, 160 children were also 'on the rates' at this time.

The workers are listed as follows:

George Barnett - C.W. Turner;
Thomas Cartledge - Printer;
John Child - Turner;
Ralph Greatbach - Odd Man;
Thomas Heath - Turner;
John Moreton - Handler;
Samuel Elkin - Presser;
Simpson Turner - Presser;
William Wilson - Plate Maker;
Thomas Wakefield - Odd Man;
James Jones - Saggar Maker;
William Bloor - Turner;
George Walton - Plate Maker;
Thomas Ashworth - Odd Man;
Joseph Baddeley - Turner;
John Woodhall - Crate Maker;
James Hall - Crate Maker;
John Walklate - Crate Maker;
Benjamin Clark - Crate Maker;
Mary Adams - Painter;
Mary Brooks - Lathe Turner;
Ann Edge - Wheel Turner;
Sarah Harrison - Painter;
Maria Holdcott - Lathe Turner;
Ann Plant - Painter;
Lettice Walker - Transferer;
Mary Wilson - Lathe Turner;
Ann Bennett - Painter;
Hannah Lownds - Lathe Turner;
Hannah Reeves - Lathe Turner;
Sophia Mills - Odd Girl;
Richard Parr - Painter;
John Thomas - Plate Maker;
John Statham - Plate Maker;
Ralph Holdcroft - W.H. Man;
Sarah Longshaw - Painter;
Thomas Hurd - Turner;
William Oakes - Turner;
Martha Baddeley - Wheel Turner;
James Bennett - Odd Man;
Jane Bolton - Lathe Turner;
William Collinson - Turner;
Lucy Douglass - Lathe Turner;
Mary Perrins - C.S. Maker;
Martha Everal - Lathe Turner;
Jacob Hall - Blacksmith;
Joseph Keen - Turner;
Ann Owen - Baller;
Sarah Matthews - Lathe Turner;
Mary Plant - Painter;
Emma Plant - Painter;
Martha Owen - Odd Girl;
Samuel Salmon - Turner;
Samuel Tomkinson - Turner;
Ann Tomkinson - Lathe Turner;
William Ashworth - W.H. Man;
John Bagshaw - Handler;
Richard Steel - Handler;
Mary Steel - Painter;
James Hassall - Plate Maker;
Sarah Beckett - Lathe Turner;
Sarah Cartwright - Lathe Turner;
John Dunn - Saggar Maker;
Josiah Taylor - Odd Man;
Ann Taylor - Lathe Turner;
Matilda Shenton - Odd Girl;
William Morris - Plate Maker;
Abraham Berrisford - Turner;
John Austin - Odd Man;
Sarah Mumford - Lathe Turner;
Mary Stephenson - Lathe Turner;
Elizabeth Harrison - Lathe Turner;
Mary Ball - Odd Woman;
Thomas Brindley - Presser;
Priscilla Lees - C.S. Maker.


Pottery manufacturer Enoch Wood kept this document, which is now among the collections of Stoke-on-Trent Museums.


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