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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bedford Union, Bedfordshire, 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
John Catlin90Unable to earn his living, and infirmno.
Rhoda Warren230Partially infirm in body and mindno.
Mary Fairey130Paralysedno.
Mary Wildman230Infirmno.
Rebecca Mitchell160Illegitimate childno.
Alice Williamson200Deaf and dumbno.
Adam White80Old age and infirmityno.
John Jones60Infirm and short-sightedno.
Annette Williams230Deaf and dumbno.
John Foulks140Weak intellectno.
Ann Ames50Imbecileno.
George Freeman70Lamenessno.
Zabulon Taylor80Old age and infirmno.
Harriet Shimmons210Weak intellectno.
John Goodship200Old age and rupturedno.
Louisa Waller180Weak intellectworkh. school.
Sarah Wright200Deaf and dumbworkh. school.
William Dawson70Unable to earn his livingno.
James Jordan80Blindno.
Ulysses Ashwell210Imbecileno.
Daniel Salisbury50Unable to earn his living, and ruptured.no.
Sarah Deighton170Weak intellectno.
Sarah Bonfield200Widow, and infirmno.
Martha Smith230Weak intellectno.
Emma Beale230dittono.
Dinah King230dittono.
Andrew Dickens56dittono.
Thomas Gregory56A crippleno.
Catherine Warner100Old ageno.
Joseph Bywaters166Unable to earn his livingno.
Emma Horrell210Sickness and infirmno.
Margaret Shelton70Weak intellectno.
Samuel Wooding50Old age and infirmno.
Sarah Dawson150Widow, and no homeno.
George Allen120Old age and sicknessno.
John Hine110A crippleno.
Eliza Parratt70Six illegitimate childrenno.
James Halfhead106Infirmno.
William Gaskin100Infirm and old ageno.
Benjamin Carter90Sicknessno.

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