Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Cosford Union, Suffolk, 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
Thomas Lewis120Subject to fitsno.
Sarah Whymark60Certified idiotno.
Eliza Simpson120dittono.
Edward Smith50Rupturedno.
Ann Norford90Imbecile for yearsno.
Maria Fenning180Husband transportedno.
Hannah Constable250Certified idiotno.
William Cooper180Imbecile for many yearsno.
Hannah Fletcher50Imbecile and lameno.
Mary Whiles120Certified idiotno.
John Humphrey100Imbecile for yearsno.
Samuel Hills90Lame and blindno.
Robert Culter250Certified idiotno.
Mary Birch90Blind and scrofulano.
Abraham Snell50Paralysisno.
Emma Stribling60Paralysis; subject to fitsno.
Ann Alderton50Imbecileno.
Matilda Thorpe60Certified idiotno.

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