Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Orsett 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
Elizabeth King62Blind and infirmno.
Mary Ashwell57Sickness and general debilityno.
Sarah Cawston66Infirmityno.
John Benson164Lameness, and unable to get his own living.no.
Anne Osborne63Destituteno.
John Benson90Infirmityno.
Thomas Gaywood55dittono.
Emma Burnett85Orphanno.
Sarah Clark127Infirmityno.
John Oakley62Orphanno.
William Crow81Weak intellectno.
Joseph Dawson55dittono.
William Christmas103Nearly blindno.
William White69Old ageno.
Jane White69Weak intellectno.
James Sargent129Lamenessno.
John Oakley69Orphanno.
James Halls106Infirmityno.
Amelia Maya62Weak intellectno.
Sarah Ely66Lunaticno.
William Letton109Infirmityno.
Jane Oakley62Orphanno.

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