Definition of Speenhamland system in English:

Speenhamland system

Line breaks: Speen|ham|land sys¦tem
Pronunciation: /ˈspiːnəmland/

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A system of poor relief first adopted in the late 18th century and established throughout rural England in succeeding years.


first adopted in Speenhamland, an English village near Newbury, Berks.

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