Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Watford Union, Hertfordshire, 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
Edward Groom120Aged and infirmno.
William Peacock611dittono.
Mary Woodward910dittono.
Elizabeth Norman68dittono.
Sarah Smith119dittono.
Sophia Hiorns125dittono.
Sarah Hill811dittono.
Charlotte Bowles52dittono.
William Catlin100Insane, returned incurable from Beds. Asylumno.
John Martindale77Aged and infirmno.
Ann Kempster125Idiotno.
Sarah Baldwin120Imbecileno.
Hannah Young54Aged and infirmno.
Ann Walker120Weak mindno.
Mary Ann Rowe74Fitsno.
Samuel Suddrick50Epileptic fitsno.
John Davis120Weak mindno.
George Crawley140Crippleno.
Sarah Neville120Weak mindno.
Joseph Barnes511Aged and infirmno.
Mary Ann Bolton100Insanityno.
Edward Wilmot130Crippleno.
Thomas Rowbottom60dittono.

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