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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bideford 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
James Griffiths80Fits and idioticworkh. school..
Ann Moise120Fitsno.
James Prouse80Blindno.
Thomas Austin80Idioticno.
Mary Hortop200dittono.
Eliza Ewer116Fitsno.
Thomas Cock140Idioticno.
William Lord100Infirmityno.
Elizabeth MacbethSince formation of uniondittono.
Joseph Lake56Idioticno.
Elizabeth Dark50Age and infirmityno.

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