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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Sevenoaks Union, Kent, 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.

William Dennis140Lame; afflicted with scrofuladist. school.
John Leppard50Aged; left a widower, with three small childrenno.
Mary Rose250Afflictedno.
Mary Saxby150dittodist. school.
Harriet Burgess200Idiotno.
William Ovenden50Bad eye-sightno.
Susan Walls50Weak intellectno.
Samuel Burgess110Idiotno.

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