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Attitudes to Babies and Bastards in late 18th and early 19th Centuries

05/06/2024 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Yvonne Chapman

Yvonne will talk about attitudes to babies and bastards in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, specifically in the Parish of Allensmore. She will likely cover:

  • Baptism records: numbers including how many categorised as natural born / accuracy of & gaps in the records
  • Death records: infant / early mortality
  • Role of the parish in caring for both the poor and bastards: bastardy bond examples in Allensmore / removal of bastards to their original parish / Allensmore outsources its poor relief in 1780 & the contract has clauses relating to the infant poor / pregnant single women
  • Church wardens’ presentments & accounts: e.g. evidence of paying for coffins/ shrouds for poor children
  • Coroner’s records: e.g. infanticide / still-birth
  • The Pateshall Family: compare/contrast with gentry attitudes; ensuring a succession; Edmund Burnam Pateshall and his layette pincushion (now in V&A) [the story of how I tracked down Edmund’s portrait to Scarborough is also interesting in terms of sources to use] ; the ‘baby in the basket’ story/evidence who Edmund brings up as his protégé; Edmund and his wife’s attitudes to pregnant servants/bastardy through their own letters

At the Eden Centre and online.

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7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Eden Church
Grovewood Road
Malvern, Worcs WR14 1GD United Kingdom
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