Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Ely Union, Cambridgeshire, 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
George Household220Imbecility of mindno.
James Butler120dittono.
William Okey90Old age and general infirmityno.
Sarah Jeffery110Imbecility of mindno.
William Fields60Old age and general infirmityno.
Mary Lee90Imbecility of mindno.
Elizabeth Harley100dittono.
Sarah Hawkes60Deaf and dumbyes.
Mary Hatch90Imbecility of mindno.

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