Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Reigate Union, Surrey, 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
Richard Burrell70Totally infirmno.
Benjamin Brown60Partially infirmno.
Hannah Staves250Totally infirm (idiot)no.
Catherine Carey70dittono.
John Humphrey100dittono.
Thomas Martingale60ditto (idiot)workh. school.
Caroline Gilliam50Partially infirmworkh. school.
George Piper90Totally infirmno.
William Chilman160Partially infirmno.
Dinah Chilman210dittono.
Mary Webb200Totally infirmno.
Martha Percival90Partially infirmno.
Elizabeth Miles80dittoworkh. school.
Mary Richardson70dittono.
James Baker70Totally infirmno.
Thomas Scrivens80dittono.
William Nixon80Partially infirmno.
Mary Ann Potter110ditto (deaf and dumb)no.

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