Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Williton 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
Mary Westcott140Idiocyno.
Martha Burton200dittono.
Ann Watts120dittono.
Charles Wiltshire150Crippleno.
Joel Jones200Idiocyno.
William Hill180Old age and infirmityno.
Sarah Greenslade100Idiocyno.
Caroline Reed80dittono.
John Browning80Accidentno.
Thomas Davis110Fitsno.
James Bray120Weakness of bodyno.
John Cording80Illnessno.
Christopher Harris56dittono.
Sarah Honiball200Illness, and illegitimate childno.
Elizabeth Huish60Illegitimate childno.

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