Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Alton Union, Hampshire, 1861

In 1861, the Poor Law Board published a return of the name every adult pauper who had been a workhouse inmate for a continuous period of five years or more, together with the duration of their residence (in years and months), the reason for it, and whether they had been brought up in a District or separate Workhouse School. It was noted that the term 'District School' had been widely misinterpreted by respondents as meaning any school in the local area, such as a national or private school, and that there was only one instance in the whole report of an inmate actually having been in such a school.

NameYrsms.ReasonSchool
Joseph Bridgen300Imbecileno.
John Deadman550Idiotno.
Charles Barnett120Loss of legno.
Lucy Albury60Infirmno.
William North240Weak intellectno.
Harriet Doe220Idiotno.
Ann Gillett140Weak intellectno.
Henry Knight240Idiotno.
James Langridge130Crippleno.
Harriet Winter240Idiotno.
Thomas Fielder180Infirmno.
James Grover60dittono.
Isaac Harrison60dittono.
David Vicar110Idiotno.
Eliza Budd90Weak intellectno.
Thomas Vidler70Infirmno.

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