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In the 1880s, the parish of North Mymms had savings clubs to help the poor. It's estimated that the clothing club alone was used by 75% of the population. The system was managed by the church, because the parish, under the Poor Laws, had a duty to "look after its own poor". The vicar said at the time that most poverty was self-caused. He recommended thrift, self-reliance, and independence --- but he frowned on anyone joining a trades union, because, he said, it would "upset the harmony of masters and men".

Savings clubs for the North Mymms poor
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