Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Helston Union, Cornwall, 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
Ann Williams50Has a bastard childno.
Kiturah Gillard190Debilityno.
Ann Thomas150Old age, and weak in body and mindno.
Amelia Roberts100Debilityno.
Cordelia Banfield160dittono.
James Allen160Weak mindno.
Mary Chynoweth120Old ageno.
Sarah Ann Curnow50Debilityno.
Sarah Plomer110dittono.
Catherine Symons80dittono.
Jane Perry130dittono.
Sarah Green80Rheumaticno.
Mary Millett120Idiotno.
William Penterick110Dumbno.
Maria Trythal70Weak mindno.

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