Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Barnet Union, Hertfordshire, 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
Thomas Turner81Permanent lamenessno.
Jan Young77Partial loss of visiondist. school.
John Brill2110Deformity of lower limbsno.
George Anthony153Idiotcyno.
Richard Chalker149dittodist. school.
Edwin Childs59Disease of hip jointworkhouse.
Caroline Kirby130Paralysisdist. school.
Sarah Ward55Infirm from old age (90 years)dist. school.
Mary Gray108Disease of the wombdist. school.
Ann Clapham183Idiotcydist. school.
Phoebe Prosser172Weak intellectdist. school.
Ann Bush129Old ulcer of legdist. school.
Mary Dean148General debilityno.

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