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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Braintree Union, Essex, 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 Ann Beddall140Weak mindno.
Samuel Beckwith130Old age and infirmityno.
Joseph Lazell120An idiotno.
Thomas Raynor120Old age and rheumaticno.
Rhoda Rogers140Weak mindno.
Jane Raynor160Weak mind and old ageno.
Aaron Pudney120Deformed; incapable of earning his living.no.
Samuel Broad110Bad legs and lameno.
Ann Ridgwell150Imbecileno.
Robert Suckling130Old age; very bad healthno.
John Wash140dittono.
Ann Ardley210Imbecileno.
Esther Emberson80Weak mindno.
Charlotte Hitchcock120dittono.
Amy Coote100Idiotno.
Susan Bassam80Weak mind and old ageno.
Isaac Shelly90Idiotno.
Isaac Thurgood90Old age and rheumatismno.
Edward Rundell110Old ageno.
Sergeant Simpson80dittono.
Samuel Holmes70Has fitsno.
James Humphreys160dittono.

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