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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bideford Union, Devon, 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.

James Griffiths80Fits and idioticworkh. school..
Ann Moise120Fitsno.
James Prouse80Blindno.
Thomas Austin80Idioticno.
Mary Hortop200dittono.
Eliza Ewer116Fitsno.
Thomas Cock140Idioticno.
William Lord100Infirmityno.
Elizabeth MacbethSince formation of uniondittono.
Joseph Lake56Idioticno.
Elizabeth Dark50Age and infirmityno.

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