Bristol's Pauper Children

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Children who were orphaned, destitute, abandoned and living, and sometimes dying, on the streets of Bristol were a common sight in Victorian times. The lucky ones were fed, clothed, educated and taught skills by church and charitable organisations, workhouses, reformatories and industrial schools.

Shirley Hodgson describes the workings and motives of the organisations formed to care for the poor and vagrant children in the city, and opens a window into their ancestors’ past for the estimated 60,000 Canadians descended from Bristol’s Pauper Children.


256 pages

Publisher: Bristol Books

ISBN: 978-1909446113