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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Beaminster Union, Dorset, 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.

William Light240Crippleno.
William Marsh150Crippleno.
Eleanor Dawe150dittono.
Caroline Hunt140Burnsno.
James Melmoth120Old ageno.
Elizabeth Holland100Imbecilityno.
Giles Colmer100Old ageno.
Mary Sansom240Imbecilityno.
Henry Curtis240dittono.
John Cousins100dittono.
Sarah Gale100Scrofulano.

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