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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bishop's Stortford Union, Hertfordshire, 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
Mary Blackaby50Infirmityno.
David Brenchley50Unable to support himself; has been a farmer in good circumstances.no.
William Hart50Almost blind, and agedno.
Ann Coxall60Widow; no home, and not able to support herself.no.
Mary Ann Seabourn60Very infirm and agedno.
Joshua Griggs60Bad eyes, and unable to maintain himself.no.
Martha Wren60Idiotcyno.
James Biscoe70Old age and sicknessno.
Sarah Dawes70Illegitimacyno.
Reginald Nash80Old and infirmno.
Stephen Blackwell110dittono.
John Jeffrey110Idiotcyno.
George Harris110Old age and sicknessno.
Jacob Bayford140Old agono.
James Brasier140Idiotcyno.
Thomas Batt150Bad legs, &c.no.
Mary Watts70Idiotcyno.
Charles Nash180dittono.
James Long180dittono.
Mary Lilly180Old and infirm, withered armno.

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