Religion and Society in Kent, 1640-1914
Social change in Kent over three centuries, illustrated from local records.
The studies in this volume illuminate the changes in society over nearly three centuries. They consider the related fields of the church and its work in the parish, the expansion of educational provision (including the involvementof national societies such as the SPCK) and the operation of the old and new Poor Law, together with medical aspects of Poor Law provision. A separate study is made of the impact of epidemics which led ultimately to improvementsin public sanitation and water supply. A wealth of local detail accompanies the narrative, citing life in towns and villages throughout the county, and recording the critical shift during the period in question from church-centredaltruism to early imtimations of the welfare state.
"A scholarly work, based on wide-ranging research, and particularly useful for its firm factual and statistical basis. It comprises essays on religious affairs, on the Old and New Poor Laws, and on epidemics and public health... at many points a devastating indictment of opposition to improvement in a singularly backward county." ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW