History of Margaretting

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Margaretting Snippets

When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here is one for Margaretting about a woman's spending priorities.

Essex Standard 12 November 1831

A young woman, rather gaily attired, preferred a complaint against the overseer of Margaretting, for reducing the allowance for her illegitimate child from 2s. to 1s. 6d. per week.

The overseer said the complainant refused to swear the child till after the father was gone to America, and consequently no order of affiliation had been made.

Sir Joseph Esdaile asked the complainant how she got her living.

Complainant - "why I take in work from any body that will employ me."
Sir Joseph - "Who do you live with?"
Complainant - "I live with my mother, who has an allowance from the parish."
Sir Joseph - "What! and you dress in that style. I am sure you don't look as if you wanted anything from the parish."
Overseer - "The mother has a regular allowance of 3s. 6d. a week, and as it was the girl's fault that no order was made, we gave her only 1s. 6d. for the child."
Mr. Bridges - "If you were not to dress quite so much, you would have more to spare twoards the support of the child."
Mr. Archer - You understand what the Magistrates say: while you claim relief from the parish you must not dress quite so much. The Magistrates won't interfere in your case."
Complainant - "Then I must throw myself upon the parish, and they must allow for me if they won't for the child."
Mr. Brdges - You cannot suppose any parish officer will be justified in granting allowance to a person of your appearance as regards dress, or that any Magistrate will feel disposed to order it."

The complaint was then dissmissed

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Margaretting - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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Margaretting - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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