Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Frome Union, Somerset, 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.

Sarah Bridges56Idiotno.
Mary Dallimore60Infirmno.
John Holloway53Paralysisno.
Benjamin Morgan160Nearly blindno.
Richard Palmer60Idiotno.
Sarah Richards60Fitsno.
John Shore90Idiotno.
George Witcombe100Disabled by an accident in a coal pit.no.
Harriett Elliott100Imbecileno.
James Fricker100Blindno.
Luke Hillier110Idiotno.
John Hillier110dittono.
William Hawker60Fitsno.

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