Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wincanton 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
Hannah Tydford230Deafno.
Eliza Barnes200Imbecileno.
Isaac Pitts170dittono.
John Goodfellow250dittono.
Ann Biggen70Blind, and old ageno.
Isaac Rixon50Old ageno.
George Winis70Imbecileno.

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