Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Barnstaple Union, Devon, 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.

Susan Tucker230Age and infirmityno.
Elizabeth Elliott230dittono.
Richard Coucher100Blindno.
Philip Jones60Crippledno.
Betsy Saunders100Fitsno.
John Harding66Age and infirmityno.
Elizabeth Rudd100Has several bastard childrenno.
Elizabeth Slocombe140Age and infirmityno.
Ann Griffiths200dittono.
Agnes Triggs60Crippledno.
John P Harris100Age and infirmityno.
Sarah Bramble140General debilityno.
Mary Grigg180Age and infirmityno.
Jane Dendle66dittono.

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