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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wells Union, Somerset, 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
Moses Collier60Age and infirmityno.
Ellen Escott210Idioticno.
Edward Kirton110Age and infirmityno.
John Wilkins210Idioticno.
George Wills80Weak mindno.
Charles Harvey90Age, &c.no.
William Tinney190Deformity, unable to walk or stand.workh. school.
Abigail Newport120Idiocyno.
Thomas Linham130Age; subject to fitsno.
Robert Harvey130Age and lamenessno.

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