Life was very difficult if you were poor in Tudor
times. Prices were very high and it was sometimes difficult to
The government was concerned about the number
of poor people and passed some laws. The poor were grouped into
'deserving poor' and 'undeserving poor'.
The undeserving poor were people who officials
thought were able to work but instead often begged for charity.
If they were caught they could be whipped or imprisoned, or both.
The deserving poor were those too old or sick to work, and these
were the people who were helped. People in their own towns and
parishes provided help for the deserving or punishment for the
David "deserving" or "undeserving"?