I have spent the last four years researching the life of Edward Duke, an antiquarian, magistrate and guardian of the Amesbury Union Workhouse in the 1840s. He was remarkable mainly for two things: a bizarre theory to explain Stonehenge and other ancient monuments in Wiltshire, and a very serious charge which he brought against the master of the workhouse.
The primary source of information on Duke’s activities as a workhouse guardian consists of hundreds of documents – mostly written in almost indecipherable handwriting – contained in files stored at the National archives at Kew. This material, together with contemporary newspapers and his own publications has been used to produce an account of Mr Duke’s literary efforts and his work as a magistrate and guardian of the poor law.
This link will take you to the introduction to the work.
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