Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Tonbridge Union, Kent, 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
Frederick Parker60An orphan and hospital patientnot known.
George Pocock70Idioticnot known.
Thomas Manser70dittonot known.
Thomas Wallis90Old and infirmnot known.
Isaac Batchelor50dittonot known.
George Love60dittonot known.
Ann Pope50Imbecilenot known.
Mary Kinchin90Blind and bedriddennot known.
Elizabeth Manner50Idioticnot known.
Mary Moore90dittonot known.
Sarah Skinner70Deaf and dumbnot known.
Eliza Combridge60Idioticnot known.
Eliza Oliver90Bedridden and cripplednot known.

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