Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Plympton St Mary Union, Devon, 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 Hodge100Old ageno.
Francis Cumming100Epilepsyno.
Joseph Sobey60Lamenessno.
John Andrews70Debilityno.
William Scott50Old ageno.
William Bickle50Debilityno.
William Hacker170Idiotyes.
Richard Carkeet140dittono.
Thomas Mildon80Old ageno.
Elizabeth Stephens60Epilepsyno.
Louisa Wottbn90Unable to maintain her childrenno.
Elizabeth Kelland120Epilepsyno.
Amy Moles90Old ageno.
Elizabeth Arscott50Idiotno.

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