Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Woburn Union, Bedfordshire, 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 Phillips, and Mary,his wife70Infirmityno.
Dinah Bonnick150Weak mindno.
Mary Phillimore200Weak mind and dumbno.
David Valentine140Weak mindno.
Sarah Hoslen150Weak mind and idioticyes.
John Barnes170Infirmityno.
John Woodward70dittono.
James Peters70dittono.
Sarah Chapman250Imbecileno.
Mary Randall200Infirmityno.
Charlotte Peacock50Deranged mindno.
John Harbistone230Weak mindno.

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