Event from: Miscellaneous 2019

‘Buried like Dogs?’

Pauper death and burial in Victorian Eastville

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Date: , 2019
Time: to
Venue: BAWA Events Centre, BS34 7RG
With: Roger Ball
Series: Miscellaneous 2019
Note: This event was not organised by BRHG.
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Section: Events
Projects: Eastville Workhouse
Subjects: Workhouses & Poverty Laws
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Elaborate funeral ceremonies became very important to middle-class Victorians, with increasingly meticulous rituals designed to mark the passing of family members. However, for the Victorian poor, things were very different. After the introduction of the 1834 Poor Law Act the customary pauper funeral, subsidised by the parish, came under government scrutiny as a financial and symbolic ‘extravagance’. Instead the need for Poor Law Unions to both save money and demonstrate disgrace in death of those who had ‘surrendered to poverty’ became paramount. This new approach was reflected in the death and burial practices within the workhouse system.

Building on continuing research into Eastville Workhouse at 100 Fishponds Rd, the unmarked pauper graves at Rosemary Green and nearby Greenbank Cemetery; this talk contrasts, in death, the treatment of the Victorian rich and poor.

This talk is organised by the Bristol & Avon Family History Society.


1 Comment

  1. Not much difference to the way we live now. Women children, the poor and the elderly are still disrespected in this country. Isn’t amazing that Third world country’s show more respect for their impoverished victims of circumstances. Digging up 100 fishponds burial sites prove this.

    May these victims of circumstances rest in peace now.

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