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This is a list of rules regarding poor people. It was written in Tudor times by officials at St Margaret's Church in Durham.

Notice from Durham St Margaret's parish register (EP/Du.SM 1, p.163)
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Because the writing is hard to read there's also a Transcript, or typed copy, of the rules for you to look at.

See if you can answer these questions:

  • Who are not to be 'suffered to begge there at doores'?
  • What is to happen to vagrants?
  • What is to happen to children?