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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Horncastle Union, Lincolnshire, 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
Joseph Smith210Imbecile from birthno.
Joseph Claricoates140Paralysisno.
James Walker220Imbecileno.
James Swallow100Extreme deafnessno.
Thomas Turner180Imbecile from birthno.
James Nutsey50dittono.
Hezekiah Lings60Old age; very infirmno.
William Bottrill160Lame; weak intellectno.
Thomas Rouse80Paralysisno.
George Meggitt130Imbecileno.
Stephen Plumtree50Old age; very infirmno.
James Broxholme50A cripple from birthno.
Eliza Emerson220Imbecile from birthno.
Mary Dennis90Old ageno.
Sarah Baker90Weak intellect; has two bastard childrenno.
Harriet Blades90Imbecile from birthno.
Hannah Benton60Weak intellect; has three bastard childrenno.
Ann Mayfield100Weak intellect; very deafno.

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