Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Hertford 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
Ann Mansfield190Idioticalno.
Ann Munford120Infirmno.
Catherine Kinnear120Fistulano.
Edward Adams110Impaired visionno.
Benjamin Miles70Infirmno.
William Mardell300Idioticalno.
Elizabeth Marvell60Infirmno.
William Baker180Idioticalno.
Emma Baker160dittono.
Rebecca Tranter240Insane (harmless)no.
Catherine Briant220Imbecileno.
James Hills130Infirmno.
George Tapstead110Ulcerated legsno.
Ann Knapp60Skin diseaseno.
William Enever150Agedno.
Sarah Brown90Very infirmno.
Mary Pratt170Infirmno.

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