Poor Act 1575

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The Poor Act of 1575 was a law passed in England under Queen Elizabeth I,[1] it is a part of the Tudor Poor Laws and a predecessor to the Elizabethan Poor Laws.

The 1575 act required parishes to create “a competent stock of wool, hemp, flax, iron and other stuff” for the poor to work on, it also created houses of correction where recalcitrant or careless workers could be forced to work and punished accordingly.[2]

The 1575 act built substantially on the 1572 Vagabonds Act,[3] and combined, they formed the basis for the subsequent Elizabethan Poor Laws.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 18 Eliz. I c. 3
  2. ^ Sidney & Beatrice Webb, English Local Government: English Poor Law History Part 1, pg. 53
  3. ^ Sidney & Beatrice Webb, English Local Government: English Poor Law History Part 1, pg. 52
  4. ^ Paul Slack, The English Poor Law 1531-1782 18--19