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Eleanor Noon's story 1740


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In August 1740 Eleanor Noon and her two children Jane and Matthew were apprehended as rogues and vagabonds in the city of Norwich and sent to the House of Correction. After being questioned she and her children were ordered to be removed from the parish of St Stephen in Norwich back to Deal in Kent. According to Eleanor she had been married in London to her Irish husband Francis Noon or Moon or Moore for 14 years. Last Saturday he left her in the marketplace in Norwich and she had not seen him since. Eleanor could not sign her name. As her husband had worked for 3 years for a farmer in Deal, the authorities removed her back there.
Norfolk Record Office Case 15c/1/2a and 2b

1st Feb 2009

Citizenship, Geography, History, ICT, PSHE

Key Stages:
Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Irish Poor Law Norwich women children poor poverty pauper removal vagabond destitute desert

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