What Is An Outdoor Pauper?

I came across the term outdoor pauper today while searching the 1891 English census so I went straight to Google to find out what it meant.

For all things relating to poor relief and workhouses I turn to www.workhouses.org.uk/.  The glossary says that indoor relief or an indoor pauper was a resident of a workhouse who was receiving their poor relief in that way.  Outdoor relief was given to those who still had somewhere to live but little to no income.

Here is a definition I found via Google Books;

Book text meaning of outdoor pauper

Ageing and Generational Relations over the Life Course by Tamara K Hareven

Has anyone else come across this before?  Have you heard a different meaning?


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