Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Biggleswade Union, Bedfordshire, 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
Samuel Cousins260Imbeciledist. school.
John Brittain90Ruptureddist. school.
Samuel Bilcock60Imbeciledist. school.
James Hayes260Dislocation of shouldernot any school.
Jacob Craft80Bad leg and chronic rheumatismdist. school.
William Foxley80Rupturednot any school.
George Beaumont140Idioticnot any school.
Thomas Dear100dittonot any school.
John Chessum80dittonot any school.
Sarah Crawley70Idioticnot any school.
Ann Pack60Widow, ageddist. school.
Mary Stevens60Widow, imbecilenot any school.
Sarah Collop260Imbeciledist. school.
Sophia Hughes260dittodist. school.
Johanna Northfield170dittonot any school.
Elizabeth Harris260dittonot any school.
Elizabeth Wells70Widow, very agednot any school.
Mary Swayle140Imbecileprivate school.

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