Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Aylsham Union, Norfolk, 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
Elizabeth Waters200Infirmityno.
Hannah Louice300Infirmity, weak intellectno.
James Leeds80Infirmity and ageno.
Rebecca Wakefield130Weak mindno.
John Paine80Age and infirmityno.
John Steward70Infirmityno.
Samuel Cook100Age and infirmityno.
James Stearman100dittono.
George Legg110Weak mindno.
Peter Wright110Weak mind and infirmityno.
Mary Ploughditch50Weak mindno.
Sarah Chamberlain50dittono.
Emily Starling50dittono.

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