By Tanya Evans
This ebook analyzes how negative eighteenth-century London girls coped once they chanced on themselves pregnant--their survival networks and the results of bearing an illegitimate baby. It means that single moms didn't represent a deviant minority inside London's plebeian neighborhood. in truth, many may possibly look forward to finding compassion instead of ostracism a reaction to their plight.
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We must assume that Thomas left to work elsewhere because a year after they had met she began a relationship with another labourer, Hugh Clark, who worked with Christopher Bartholomew at the Angel Inn in Clerkenwell. 188 In Islington, like Aldgate, the fathers of illegitimate children worked in the range of manufacturing trades, as cabinetmakers, tailors, weavers, shoemakers and blacksmiths. 2 Source: St Mary’s Islington’s Bastardy Examinations, 1758–1801, LMA/ P83/MRY1/867–870. Work, Community and Personal Life in Eighteenth-Century London 41 Mr John Green at the sign of the King’s Head in Lower Street for seven months before meeting William Williams.
164 The fathers of bastard children in Aldgate, Islington and Lambeth Economic and social insecurity was experienced differently by poor London men. Like women, men contributed to the large resource of casual labour in eighteenth-century London; but they had a much wider range of occupations to choose from and were often paid twice as much. 166 These were the men so distinguishable from other Londoners. The river was a major source of casual work. 167 In Aldgate’s bastardy exams 19 per cent of the fathers were engaged in a vast variety of manufacturing trades, as tailors, shoemakers, coopers, bakers, weavers, etc.
105 Josiah Liddle was informed ‘by his Mother Alice Liddall (who is deceased) . . 106 Families shared the details of settlement amongst them knowing that it might be useful in times of future hardship, but it was also used as a valuable means of identification rooting an individual in kinship networks, their home and neighbourhood. Settlement was also discussed with friends. Elizabeth Sargeant told Lambeth parish that her friend Ann Lilly had given birth to her son John in St Giles’, Camberwell.