Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Calne Union, Wiltshire, 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
William Neate70Idiotno.
James Golton110Old ageno.
Angell Bullock70Idiotno.
William Stretch50Weak mindno.
William Garraway200Weak mind, and blindno.
George Dore150Fitsyes.
Rachel Wayte70Destitute; deformedno.
Ann Ward140Fitsno.
Mary Diccox70Fits; Idiotno.
Jane Clement300dittono.
Elizabeth Robins60Weak mindno.
Elizabeth Parker120Deaf and dumbno.
Leah Green280Idiotyes.
Ann Seager200Weak mindno.
Sarah Jones130Deaf and dumbno.
Jane Walker100Weak mindno.
John Palmer80Idiotno.
John Tilling60Lamenessno.
John Walker50Old ageno.

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