1450-1750: Beggars and Vagabonds

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Factors leading to an increase in beggars and vagabonds:

- Increasing unemployment: economic changes in the 1400s- SHEEP FARMING 

- The monastries were closed down, so no help for the poor where there previously was.

- Increasing population - led to strain on food supplies and INFLATION caused prices to rise

- There was no system to help the needy - like we have benefits today for those who are unemployed and 'The Welfare State' set up after WW2

Types of Beggar:

In 1531, beggars were classed as:

Sturdy Beggars:


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