Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wareham Union, Dorset, 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
Jane Elms140Pregnancyno.
Eliza Elms140Pregnancy, and afterwards paralysisno.
Hannah Card60Weak mindno.
Lavonia Payne200Pregnancyno.
Mary Ann Pitman60Weak minddistrict school.
Emma Toms120Parents dead; suffering from cutaneous diseaseunion school.
Philip Dorey210Rupturedno.
Charles Landers120Rheumaticsprivate school.
Thomas Ridcat140Blinddistrict school.
John Travers150Idiotno.
William Guy80Crippledistrict school.
John Lewis190Fitsno.
John Edwards130Bad legsdistrict school.
George Snooks100Paralysisnational school.
William Cousins110Debilityno.

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