Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Barnstaple Union, Devon, 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
Susan Tucker230Age and infirmityno.
Elizabeth Elliott230dittono.
Richard Coucher100Blindno.
Philip Jones60Crippledno.
Betsy Saunders100Fitsno.
John Harding66Age and infirmityno.
Elizabeth Rudd100Has several bastard childrenno.
Elizabeth Slocombe140Age and infirmityno.
Ann Griffiths200dittono.
Agnes Triggs60Crippledno.
John P Harris100Age and infirmityno.
Sarah Bramble140General debilityno.
Mary Grigg180Age and infirmityno.
Jane Dendle66dittono.

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