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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Risbridge Union, Suffolk, 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
Mary Byford220No homedist. school
John Bruty70Idiotunknown.
Harriet Woods56Illnessdist. school
Adam Fitch80Infirmitydist. school
George Buckler70dittodist. school
John Scott60dittodist. school
Martha Day60Illnessdist. school
Lucy Bartrup230Idiotdist. school
Joseph Hardgrove50Unable to workdist. school
Susan Barker70No homedist. school
Mary Simpson90dittodist. school
Susan Webb70Idiotunknown.

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