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been reading into some local history,,from a small village not far from me.how things have changed..

History tends to tell the stories of the rich and powerful. An example of the vulnerability of most of society is given in the following description of an incident in 1830:

"The situation of the poor and the severity of the authorities appeared in the neighbouring village of Wold Newton. A labourer’s wife, who had recently given birth to a child, resisted attempts to evict her from their cottage. Her landlord’s men then proceeded to evict her by pulling it down over her head. Driven to despair, she set fire to the pile of ruins, and for this she was convicted of arson and sentenced to transportation for life."

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