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From: Sheila Beatty & Ron Krout <>
Subject: Re: [UK-W&H] Need a definition "Nurse child"
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2005 12:47:54 -0500
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Thanks Peter. I believe, due to the age, that the 8 year old was a
foster child (born in New Shoreham workshouse, Steyning.)
Thanks to you all for your help!
Sheila (alias Jane)
Peter Higginbotham wrote:
> Hi Jane,
> In the 1881 census there are over 1000 occurrences of "Nurse Child"
> in London/Middlesex alone.
> At Rose Cottage, Handwell Road Twickenham, one Jane Phillips was
> listed as
> "Charge of Nurse Children" with four "Nurse child" residents aged
> between 9m and 6 years in the house.
> The OED defines Nurse-child as "A child cared for by a nurse, esp. a
> wet nurse; a foster-child."
> For more discussion about "nurse child" see the Rootsweb threads at:
> All best wishes,
> Peter Higginbotham
> Sheila Beatty & Ron Krout wrote:
>> Thanks Peter. Have you ever seen the term "nurse child" in the census?
>> Peter Higginbotham wrote:
>>> Dear Sheila,
>>> Boarding out (what we would now call fostering) workhouse children
>>> to private homes began in England and Wales in around 1870 although
>>> had been common before that in Scotland.
>>> All best wishes,
>>> Peter Higginbotham
>>> Sheila Beatty & Ron Krout wrote:
>>>> Checking the 1881 census, I found a child, age 8, living with non
>>>> relatives. The relationship is given as "nurse child." This child
>>>> was born in the workhouse and later was sent out to Canada as a
>>>> Homechild. Could the relationship "nurse child" actually be foster
>>>> parent/child relationship, or if not, what? Did the workhouses
>>>> normally board the children out in private homes?
>>>> Thanks for any help received
>>>> Sheila Beatty
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