Charity In Old Sudbury

The high cost of living today is constantly in the news as people struggle to heat their homes and buy food but life in Sudbury in the past could be even more precarious. The author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, visited Sudbury in 1722 and remarked that “I know of nothing for which this town is remarkable, except for being very populous and very poor – the numbers of the poor is almost ready to eat up the rich.”

A precarious life in old Sudbury

Introduction to the All Saints Abstract of Charities, 1736

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All Saints Abstract of Charities

John Voyce 1736

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