Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Hatfield Union, Hertfordshire, 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
Hannah Harris130Blindno.
Harriet Harrowsmith160Monomaniano.
Sarah Hankin50Idiotno.
William Ireland76Ageno.
Charles Pratchett180Blindno.
Martha Potterell160Idiotno.
John Smith160Illnessno.
Elizabeth Smith130Ageno.
William Sherman150Disabledno.
Joseph Marlborough140Ageno.
Eliza Plummer70Unfit for serviceno.
Sullen Stone60Ageno.
William Warren90dittono.
Susan Sale70dittono.
Susan Sale, junior70Want of healthno.
Charles Skeggs100Ageno.
William Collis80dittono.
James Turner120Idiotno.
Charlotte Sherman110Not fit for serviceno.

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