Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Battle Union, Sussex, 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
William Summers130Infirmity, from age and defective eyesightno.
Stephen Glover190Infirmity, from age and ruptureno.
George Atkins100Infirmity, from paralysisno.
Stephen Fuller150Infirmity, from rheumatismno.
Benjamin Stevens150Infirmity, from broken kneeno.
Joseph Beevis100Infirmity, from rheumatismno.
Edward French60Infirmity, from diseased backno.
John Hanson120Infirmity, from injured spineworkh. school.
George Morphy200Infirmity, from ruptureno.
Sarah Cox120Infirmity, from diseased hip, and having a bastard childno.
Harriet Hilder160Of unsound mindno.
Ellen Bartholomew180Partially blindno.
Ann Prior150Of unsound mindno.
Mary Lingham200Infirmity, from ageworkh. school.
Mary Cruttenden130Infirmity, from bad digestion, and having bastard children.no.

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