Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Keynsham Union, Somerset, 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
Samuel Prigg186Indolence originally, infirmity nowno.
Thomas Gibbs96Ageno.
Samuel Wilcox190Blindno.
William Clements140Imecileno.
Maria Durston90Illnessno.
John Marsh240A crippleno.
Mary Rich190Imbecileno.
Elizabeth Birchell160Indolenceno.
John Rogers56dittono.
Daniel Gage186Injured arm, and asthmano.
Joseph Gingell196Blindno.
George Gene100Epilepticno.
Langley James Smart66Old ageno.
John Banwell70Imbecileno.
Thomas Spicer96Ageno.
Martha Summerill56Having a bastard childno.
James Harris210Ageno.
George Tanner56Epilepticno.

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