Long-term Workhouse Inmates in North Witchford Union, Cambridgeshire, 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
Thomas Coten50Aged and infirmno.
john Miller220dittono.
William Pear90dittono.
Mary Butcher90Disabled, and weak of mindno.
John Grant100Aged and infirmno.
Robert Green90dittono.
Anthony Miller90dittono.
William Reynolds140dittono.
Joseph East130dittono.
Thomas Franklin90dittono.
Philip Bedford140dittono.
John Palmer70Disabledno.
John Ground90Aged and infirmno.
William Stokley90dittono.
Ann Green120dittono.
Isaac Payne80dittono.
Elizabeth Coulson110Disabled, and weak of mindno.
William Kent120Aged and infirmno.
Patrick Cooney90Crippleno.

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