On this day

March 4, 1871

cover page of Poor Law Unions' Gazette published on March 4, 1871

Poor Law Unions' Gazette





Available years

1857-1865, 1868-1903

The Poor Law Unions Gazette was a weekly publication owned and published by Mallett, Allen and Company from Wardour Street London. Founded in 1856 and running until 1903, it is particularly useful to family historians in that it provided information on paupers from all over the country who deserted their wives and families, leaving them chargeable to the Poor Law Unions.

Since the authorities did not wish to be saddled with the responsibility for providing for such families, they issued descriptions of the deserters to facilitate their apprehension, some of which are very detailed and colourful. Information on the person’s last known employment and whereabouts can also be included.


For this newspaper, we have the following titles in, or planned for, our digital archive:

  • 1857–1903 The Poor Law Unions' Gazette

This newspaper is published by an unknown publisher in London, London, England. It was digitised and first made available on the British Newspaper Archive in May 3, 2013 . The latest issues were added in Sep 5, 2017.