Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Launceston 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
John Berny80Old and infirmno.
Jane Leigh130Imbecileno.
Philippa Elliott130dittono.
John Shepherd90Old and infirmno.
Grace Congdon50Three illegitimate childrenno.
Priscilla Foot200Imbecileno.
Sophia Hoskyn50Old and infirmno.
Robert Phillips50dittono.
Charles Coombe100Paralysisno.
William Smale60Old and infirmno.
Kitty Foot190Imbecileno.

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