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Pitmen, Poachers and Preachers

Pitmen, Poachers and Preachers
Life and the Poor Law in the Madeley Union of Parishes 1700-1930
by Ken Jones

 We are delighted to hear that this book have proved to be very popular and is currently the best selling Shropshire book at Waterstones in Telford!

1 CD with oral history
344 Pages
238 black and white illustrations,
Published 2009
ISBN 978-0-9528367-5-9
This book traces the history of the Madeley Union of Parishes in Shropshire  and how they were affected by the Poor Law over more than 200 years.
A foreword has been written by Sir Neil Cossons, first director of the Ironbridge Museum.

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As the acknowledged expert on the oral history of the East Shropshire Coalfield and Coalbrookdale, Ken Jones is well placed to write the history of the way the Madeley Union of Parishes were affected by the Poor Laws. These parishes include Barrow, Posenhall, Benthall, Broseley, Dawley, Linley, Little Wenlock, Madeley, Much Wenlock, Stirchley and Willey.
He traces this history through the Old Poor Law and then the New Poor Law and demonstrates the hardships and poverty of those times. The book also examines the education of the poor and the important role of the Methodist Church at that time.
For one chapter, Ken draws on the oral history recordings he has made over more than 30 years and some of these many recordings can be heard on the CD included with this book.
The black and white photographs show scenes from that time and include many of the ‘characters’ of the area, such as the famous poacher, Dick ‘the Keenun’, who died in the workhouse, Eustace Rogers, the renowned coracle maker Anny Payne, the last surviving pit girl; both Eustace and Anny can be heard on the CD.
A grant for this book was received from the Walker Trust of Shrewsbury.


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