Poor Law Records

Poor Law records were kept by the parish churches to administer providing relief to families unable to support themselves by work. The records mentioned here almost all refer to the 'Old' Poor Law. The original Poor Law act was in 1547, and further regulations followed. Then in 1834 there was a major change in the law when the 'New' Poor Law was passed.

The records contain a lot of information that is useful to family historians, but regrettably only a small percentage of the many records survive to this day, and almost no records, country wide, have been indexed. The aim of this page is to show which records in our area have survived, and where they can be found.

The main types of record that exist are as follows:

  • Settlement Examinations - where an examiner finds out which parish is responsible for providing relief to a person/family.
  • Removal Orders - which follow as a result of the Settlement Examination. These are orders that a person/family be removed to another parish which then becomes liable to provide the relief. Removal Orders may be From this parish, or To this parish.
  • Bastardy Examinations - these were conducted to identify the father responsible for making a single woman pregnant. The father was then liable for a portion of the relief.

By default only the parishes with some surviving Poor Law records are shown, but you may also see the full list of ancient parishes (as of 1838) by selecting from the dropdown.

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Surviving Poor Law records of West Middlesex
ParishRecords existNo of records 
Brentford, St. Lawrence 1792-182930 More …
Chelsea, St. Luke 1733-18374400 More …
Ealing, St. Mary 1783-18461420 More …
Feltham, St. Dunstan 1788-182738 More …
Fulham, All Saints 1778-1827470 More …
Hammersmith, St. Paul 1796-1823121 More …
Hampton, St. Mary Dates not known60 More …
Shepperton, St. Nicholas 1714-180395 More …
Staines, St. Mary 1699-1819583 More …
Stanwell, St. Mary 1827-185416 More …
Teddington, St. Mary 180060 More …
Uxbridge, St. Margaret 1781-1843258 More …



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