Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bridgwater Union, Somerset, 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
Joseph Bartlett70Blindno.
Joseph Crowden260Weak mindno.
Mary Gulliford120Lunaticno.
Richard Whittecombe80Infirmno.
Jane Williams80Weak mindno.
Betty Hooper200Infirmno.
Jemima Crossby70dittono.
Mary Ann Tucker70Blindno.
Mary Rowley100Lunaticno.
John Lawpin70Weak mindno.
Betty Lansford160dittono.
Mary Dicker200Deaf and dumbno.
Jane Sparks200Weak mindno.
Martha Speed200dittono.
Lear Tucker100Crippleno.
Rachel Burston200Lunaticno.
Jane Gibbs60Infirmno.
Maria Fisher70Lunaticno.
Joan Fisher110Infirmno.
Mary Stevens120Blindno.
John Lee70Infirmno.

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