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History: Poor relief

For Want of a Loaf

The story of Thorncombe agricultural Labourer James Hockey’s suicide following the loss of his poor relief . Drawn from correspondence  between the Poor Law Commission and the Guardians of Axminster Workhouse catalogued by local volunteers.

by  Eve Higgs

Parish Poorhouse and Workhouses

And how the hamlet of Schoolhouse got its name

By Eve Higgs

Life In Thorncombe’s Workhouse

By Arnold Shipp

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