Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Lexden & Winstree Union, Essex, 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
James Drane80Old ageno.
Jemima Ratcliff140dittono.
David Daw180dittono.
Abraham Barrell70dittono.
Henry Ramsey60dittono.
Charlotte Arnold180Weak mindno.
John Brown90Old ageno.
Mary Scott170Weak mindno.
John Potter70Old ageno.
Sarah Anderson80dittono.
Hannah Balls100Weak mindno.
Thomas Cansdale200dittono.

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