Royal Ordinance stated that lepers should leave London.
Ordinance of Labourers issued by King Edward III of England.
June 18, 1349
Ordinance of Labourers revised.
Statute of Cambridge passed.
Vagabonds and Beggars Act 1494 was passed.
Vagabonds Act of 1530
London instituted the first definite Poor Rate.
Poor Act of 1552 passed by King Edward VI.
The Act for the Relief of the Poor 1597 provides the first complete code of Poor Relief
ELizabethan Old Poor Law passed ending the Tudor Poor Laws.
Poor Relief Act 1662 passed to deal with the problems of settlement
Poor Act 1697 passed.
Workhouse Test Act passed to encourage the building of workhouses.
Relief of the Poor Act 1782 passed.
The French Wars come to an end.
The Swing Riots highlight the possibility of agricultural unrest.
The Royal Commission into the Operation of the Poor Laws begins its investigation into the Poor Law system
Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 passed.
Outdoor Labour Test Order allows outdoor relief despite the Poor Law Amendment Act's ban on it
Poor Law Amendment Act passed
Outdoor Relief Prohibitory Order issued to further discourage outdoor relief
Andover workhouse scandal
The Poor Law Commission is abolished and replaced by the Poor Law Board
The Huddersfield workhouse scandal occurs.
The Workhouse Visiting Society was formed.
The Union Chargeability Act 1865 is passed
The Second Reform Act
The Local Government Board takes the powers of the Poor Law Board
Royal Commission on the Poor Laws and Relief of Distress 1905-09 set up by the outgoing Conservative government.
The Liberal Government is elected and begins an ambitious programme of welfare reforms.
The term "Workhouse" is replaced by "Poor Law Institution".
The workhouse system is abolished by the Local Government Act.
The Poor Law system abolished by the National Assistance Act.