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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Dorking Union, Surrey, 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 Rose70Infirmityno.
William Ledger180Idiotno.
Emily Harwood180dittono.
Ann Rowland180dittono.
John Croucher180dittono.
Mary Wilkins180dittono.
Thomas Tidy180d ittono.
John Reeves100dittono.
Jane Coe120Infirmityno.
Mary Mullets120dittono.
Benjamin Cleer100dittono.
Ann Bax90Idiotno.
Rebecca Lee60Infirmityno.
Caroline Dibble60dittono.
John Souter50Idiotno.
Elizabeth Crouch100Infirmityno.
John Grout100dittono.
Elizabeth Elliott70dittono.
William Tidy70dittono.
John Etheridge60dittono.
Jane Harriott80Scrofulaworkh. school.
Sarah Harriott70Infirmityno.
William Gilham100dittono.
Edward Peters180Idiotno.

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