Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Yeovil 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
Lucy Gillingham200Idiocyno.
Ann Gillingham180Crippledworkh. school.
Josiah Abbott80Idiocyno.
Eliza Bartlett200dittono.
Betty Perry200dittono.
George Scrivens60Old ageno.
Fanny Brister200Idiocyno.
Charlotte Cole200dittono.
Jane Davey200dittono.
Joseph Ross200dittono.
Mary Bishop200Infirmityno.
Mary Warren200Idiocyno.
Grace Evans70Insanityno.
Louisa Hancock70Blindnessno.
Charles Lewis60Old ageno.
George Martin200Idiocyno.

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