Irish not welcome in 1830s Preston


The Rev John Clay Preston prison chaplain

When the Rev John Clay (left), the 19th-century Preston prison chaplain and social reformer, was asked to supply evidence to a Royal Commission ‘on the state of the Irish poor in Great Britain’ he responded, ‘…it would be advantageous to this town and neighbourhood if the immigration of Irish could be completely stopped.’

That was in the 1830s when the number of Irish migrants in the town was counted in hundreds. Would his attitude to the Irish have mellowed a decade later when they were counted in thousands ? More here.

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