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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bridge Union, Kent, 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
William Marsh103Aged and infirmno.
Catharine, his wife107Aged and infirmno.
Mary Bentley189Infirmno.
Henry White74Aged and infirmno.
Matthew Williams250Blindno.
Mary Terry73Aged and infirmno.
Abraham Abbott167dittono.
Daniel Dawkins59dittono.
Ralph Terry189dittono.
Harriet Hollands1410Blindno.
George Pettit178Infirmyes.
Thomas Brice228Infirm, being a crippleno.
Arthur Hayward86Infirmno.
Thomas Harlow108Very infirmno.
Sarah Smith212Idiotno.
Thomas Fox1710Aged and infirmno.
James Hodges99dittono.
Thomas Austen139dittono.
Charlotte Rye164Weak intellectno.
Henry Ansley139Aged and very infirmno.
Sidney Fox112Idiotno.

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