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Writers : Victor Pesket

'Metfield Parish and Poor in the 18th Century'


'Metfield Parish and Poor in the 18th Century' published by Smashwords

On his retirement from a career as English teacher and headmaster, Victor Peskett settled in Metfield, Suffolk, UK. The village itself, its medieval church and the author’s own home, the old Huntsman & Hounds inn, yielded much to stimulate a historian’s curiosity and offered Peskett many opportunities for study. Further afield, after establishing exchange visits with the townsfolk of Medfield, Mass, USA, he researched and recorded the birthplaces of those early emigrants from East Anglia to New England who founded the Massachusetts town.

Peskett’s book Metfield Parish and Poor in the 18th Century resulted from his research into the work of the Metfield Guardians of the Poor, an interest that owed something to the fact that the Guardians often held their meetings in his home, two centuries ago. Whatever the reason, he brings to this study not only a scholar’s eye but a way of seeing behind the formal entries in the Guardians’ Minutes to real people, some struggling with poverty and sickness at a time of great rural hardship and others devoting time and energy to assisting them in their plight.


Metfield Parish and Poor in the 18th Century

Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 7070 words. Non-Fiction by Victor Peskett and published by Durian Books on July 17, 2011

How was life for the rural poor in 18th century England? As technology made many farm workers redundant, their families were left without support. This fascinating book examines the work of the Guardians of the Poor in Metfield, Suffolk and uncovers not dry committee dealings but an illumination of everyday life. Characters emerge who we come to know just as progress is passing them by.