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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bridport Union, Dorset, 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
John Hussey60Crippleno.
Joseph Johnston70Old and disabledno.
James Mitchell210Lunaticno.
Sarah Pomeroy130Disabledno.
Hannah Rochett70Syphilis, unable to workno.
Joseph Parsons70Paralysisno.
Robert Singleton210Lunaticno.
Eliza Hanham120dittono.
Unice Hall50Imbecility, afflicted with fitsno.
William Crabb50Old ageno.
Benjamin Ackerman50Blindno.
Samuel Lake100Asthma; wholly disabledno.
Thomas Hallett80Imbecileno.

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