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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Shaftesbury Union, Dorset, 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.

Ann Willmott110Idiotcyno.
William Taylor190Paralysisno.
Israel Barter90Crippleno.
Jeremiah Brockway80Blindno.
Maria Coombs70Deaf and dumbno.
Maria Bishop56Idiotcyno.
Eliza Wills56dittono.
Ann Morgan130Illegitimate childrenno.
Hannah Extance80dittono.
Elizabeth Pickett66dittono.
Leah Pike70Idiotcyno.

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