Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Chailey Union, Sussex, 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
Henry Brooker220Old age and Infirmity 
Mary Hemsley130Old age and crippled 
Sophia Phillips70Totally deaf and of weak intellect 
Thomas Hills80Idiotic 
Henry Brown80ditto 
Sarah Comber70ditto 
Mary Ann Attred70Wholly disabled from paralysis. 
Thomas Chambers70Age and Infirmity 
Thomas Greenwood60Disease of the heart. 
Ann Miller50Blindness 

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