Alan was back in the Village Hall on Friday October 1st 2021 to deliver another one of his legendary historical talks, this latest one titled, “Helping the Poor and Mending the Roads”.
The talk was well attended and many thanks to Alan for his efforts that raised £135 for Marriott Green maintenance.
Alan’s talk focused on how village affairs were run in the early 18th century. It was based on the accounts of the Overseers of the Poor and the Overseers of the Highways, in the Northamptonshire Record Office.
In these times, pensions, unemployment pay or welfare benefits didn’t exist, unless the village itself could organise them. Also, there wasn’t a County Council to help and the village had responsibility for its own affairs.
A few of the village employment opportunities mentioned in Alan’s talk are illustrated below.