Wednesday, 28 March 2012

28th March 1812: Huge distress reported in Liverpool

In an editorial item published on Saturday 28th March, the Leeds Mercury briefly reported some statistics about the numbers of people seeking parish relief in Liverpool:
The distress of Liverpool have so much increased, that, the week before last, 18,000 persons received relief on contributions of the inhabitants.

To provide some context, the population of Liverpool at the time was around 100,000 people.

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