Enrych are working in partnership with the Falcon Centre to run George Smith Hub

George Smith was a philanthropist who had experienced similar hardships to the poorest of society.

He was most known for  passing two different acts through parliament which set about reforms in employment conditions along the canals and in the brickyards of 19th Century Britain. He campaigned against the use of child labour in brickyards and contrasted from the practice of most other brickyards

A famous quote from one of the bills passed through parliament read: “After the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and seventy two, no female under the age of sixteen years and no child under the age of ten years, shall be employed in the manufacture of bricks and tiles, not being ornamental tiles…”

After more intensive lobbying, George Smith was able to get further legislation passed through parliament in 1877. This legislation gave power to registration authorities to inspect boats and to restrict the number of people who could live on board. However, the legislation meant that inspection wasn’t forced, it was just something that might happen at any given moment the authorities pleased. Therefore, little actually changed in this regard until the bill was amended in 1884

Another area of concern for Smith was children belonging to the traveller community. They would often live in grossly overcrowded and unhygienic living conditions and with a poor level of education including the Christian faith. Although Smith wasn’t successful in reforming this area of concern, he was able to leave a lasting influence. Moving forward, specialist teaching for children from the travelling community was put into place by local education authorities as well as traveller sites and a number of families belonging to the travelling community have more knowledge of the Christian faith and identify with this.

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