Person NameLadies' Clothing Society of Arbroath; 1840-1927
ActivityThe Society was instituted in 1840. Its principal aim was to provide comfortable clothing for the poor, especially in winter. It provided shirts, shifts, flannel petticoats, stockings and short gowns to 'proper objects of relief'. The Society also received and distributed old clothes. It was run by a committee of 24 ladies who met on the first Monday of every month. The town of Arbroath was split into 12 districts with 2 ladies visiting in each one. No clothing was distributed until the visitors had paid a visit and assessed the suitability of the recipient. Clothing was distributed once a year before the winter and thereafter as the need arose. In 1861 the Society distributed 862 items to 285 recipients, includig 235 petticoats, 285 flannel jackets, 7 socks and 28 pairs of drawers.The Society closed in 1927 due to the beneficial effects of National Insurance and the Old Age Pension Acts rendering their work less urgent.
Corporate NameLadies' Clothing Society of Arbroath
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