Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Cuckfield 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
Elizabeth Isted90Disease of the heart and old ageno.
Robert Bolting160Idioticno.
John Bolting160dittono.
Ann Bolting160dittono.
Benjamin Jeffery120dittono.
Thomas Mitchell140dittono.
Frances Reeves100Insane and blindno.
James Smith120Old ageno.
George Streater110Weak eyesight and dropsyno.
John Brown130Old ageno.
John Roser120Weak intellectno.
Sophia Howden120dittono.
James Wadey110Crippleno.
Ann Hobden140Weak intellectno.
John Anthony70Crippleno.
Robert Spurlock70Old ageno.

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