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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-57
JournalScandinavian Economic History Review
Journal publication date2014
Early online date18 Dec 2013
StatePublished - 2014


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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