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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bradfield Union, Berkshire, 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
George Austin110Infirmno.
Caroline Chump160Subject to fitsno.
Elizabeth Cullmore110Weak mindno.
Lucy Butler60Afflicted with paralysisno.
Emma Nash60Idiotno.
John Nash60dittono.
Ann Mathews200Bad sightno.
Mary Savandy210Cripple, one legno.
Benjamin Knapp170Bad sightno.
Hannah Green240Idiotno.
John Minchin100Infirmno.
Richard Simmonds120Afflicted with paralysisno.
John Kimble80Infirmno.
John Franklin60Weak mind and paralysisno.
Frederick Gibson100Idiotno.
Edward Tegg140Infirmno.

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