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    Default Occupation: Parish Relief

    In the 1881 census my ggggrandmother was 71 yrs old and lodging with a family (not her family) in Adforton, Herefordshire. Her occupation was Parish Relief.

    She had been widowed in her early 40's, with 4 young children and in the 1851 census she was noted as a pauper.

    My question is what is the occupation Parish Relief ?

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    what is the occupation Parish Relief?
    It means she was a recipient of what we would now call social security payments.

    It wasn't actually administered by the parish any more but by Poor Law Unions. Perhaps records of the Union have survived - look for "out-relief"

    The appropriate Poor Law Union for Adforton HEF would have been Knighton. Any surviving records will be at the County Record Office.

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    Many thanks Peter, always appreciate help and a new lead to look up.

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