Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Orsett Union, Essex, 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.
|Elizabeth King||6||2||Blind and infirm||no.|
|Mary Ashwell||5||7||Sickness and general debility||no.|
|John Benson||16||4||Lameness, and unable to get his own living.||no.|
|William Crow||8||1||Weak intellect||no.|
|William Christmas||10||3||Nearly blind||no.|
|William White||6||9||Old age||no.|
|Jane White||6||9||Weak intellect||no.|
|Amelia Maya||6||2||Weak intellect||no.|
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