Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bromley 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
Joseph Borer2010Age and bad eyesightno.
Elizabeth Humphrey107Age and infirmityno.
Maria Morris152dittodist. school.
Richard SalesAdmitted before the unionIdiotic, unable to take care of himself.dist. school.
Thomas Barton136Age and infirmitydist. school.
Martha Sloper62dittono.
Elizabeth Tremain142dittonot known.
John Powell76Age and paralysisno.
John Battersbee139Age and infirmityno.
Elizabeth Barnet149Idiotic, unable to take care of herself.workh. school.
James Honey99Age and infirmityno.
William Knight58dittono.
Betsy Wood63Scrofulano.
George Brown410Idiotnot known.
Eliza Hough51Ulcerated footno.
James Back153Weak in body and mindworkh. school.
Amy Humphrey97Paralysisno.
Ann Smith147Idiotnot known.
Lydia Swan59Age and infirmityno.
John Child110dittono.
George Child120Blindnessno.
Charles Mitchell90Age and infirmitynot known.
John Mills411Age and ulcerated legsdist. school.
James CrundellAdmitted before the unionBlindno.

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