Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Medway Union, Kent, 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
William Abbott200Infirmno.
Jane Miles Austen76Insaneno.
James Austen150Idioticno.
John Brown80Infirmno.
Edward Barrett100dittono.
Elizabeth Balsden--Idioticworkh. school.
William Bennett70Infirmno.
Elizabeth Catherine50Inability through bad legsno.
Mary Church190Deformedworkh. school.
Charlotte Durrant70Infirmno.
Thomas Durrant120Idioticno.
William Day110Infirmno.
Daniel Donohoo100dittono.
Henry Dyke130Blind and deafno.
George Erith76Insaneno.
Robert Freeman130Infirmno.
Elizabeth Frid120dittono.
Elizabeth Fearn240dittono.
Janet Henrietta Foster76Insaneno.
John Fearman60Infirmno.
Sarah Gambier66Idioticno.
Ann Gest66dittono.
Elizabeth Harrison76Insaneno.
Sarah Hills200Idioticno.
James Hills50Infirmno.
Charles Thomas Holliday60Insaneno.
Frances Hinckley60Infirmno.
Thomas Inwood80Inability through illnessno.
Elizabeth Kains140Infirmno.
John Lyons170Crippledno.
John Levy260Infirmno.
James Lansfield170Idioticno.
Mary Lewis70Infirmno.
Arthur Lester90Deformedno.
Ann Morrison66Infirmno.
William Masters66Spinal diseaseno.
Margaret Michaels80Idiocyno.
William Obee60Infirmityno.
Maria Pickett60Povertyno.
John Parnell70Infirmno.
William Thomas Pearce180dittono.
Robert Pearce60A crippleno.
Sophia Pride190Infirmno.
Richard Parr70Insanityno.
Maria Phillpott60Insaneno.
John Palmer70Infirmno.
Sarah Raby200Weak intellectno.
Sophia Ravey50dittono.
Mary Rowe200dittono.
Elizabeth Roberts170Idioticno.
Rhoda Rule70dittono.
Ann Tester170Infirmno.
Wilhelmina Thomas76Insaneno.
Timothy Thompson76dittono.
Martha Thompson70Infirmno.
Charles Varrell100dittono.
Ann Wood60dittono.
William Ward90dittono.
Susan Young170Blind and deafno.
John Collins90Insaneno.
Elizabeth Lawrence90Infirmno.

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