A mother’s love: tokens left with London’s foundling babies

In the 18th century, poverty forced thousands of mothers to hand over their babies to London's Foundling Hospital. Here, John Styles reveals what the objects the mothers left with their abandoned children tell us about their suffering

A woman puts a foundling, or her own unwanted child, into a revolving doorway in a hospital or orphanage wall, intended for unwanted children. (Getty Images)

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