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Accommodating the elderly poor: almshouses and the mixed economy of welfare in England in the second millennium


  • Nigel Goose


This article provides an outline of the development of the English almshouse across the second millennium, and its place within the broader spectrum of social welfare. It discusses the evolution of the almshouse into its modern form, as privately endowed housing dedicated to the elderly poor. It presents the results of new research that provides a firmer quantitative foundation for consideration of the role of the almshouse in welfare history and revisits the issue of the mixed economy of welfare to demonstrate the complex relationship between public and private provision.

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  • Nigel Goose, 2014. "Accommodating the elderly poor: almshouses and the mixed economy of welfare in England in the second millennium," Scandinavian Economic History Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 62(1), pages 35-57, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:sehrxx:v:62:y:2014:i:1:p:35-57
    DOI: 10.1080/03585522.2013.861768

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    1. Anita Boele & Tine de Moor, 2018. "‘Because family and friends got easily weary of taking care’: a new perspective on the specialization in the elderly care sector in early modern Holland," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 71(2), pages 437-463, May.

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