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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Canterbury 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
Susan Pout200Afflicted with palsy, and idiotcyno.
Mary Blake200Want of employment and without meansno.
Sarah Bligh250Imbecility of mindno.
Mary Brown250Want of employment and of intemperate habitsno.
Mary Lenoy400Inability to maintain herselfno.
William Gardner200dittono.
William Iggulden160Idiotic and dumbno.
Charlotte Willard160Mental aberration, rendering her unable to get her livelihoodno.
Thomas Hollands160A cripple, and incapable of maintaining himself.workh. school.
Hope White160Afflicted with epilepsyno.
William Spicer110Subject to epilepsy and of intemperate habitsno.
John Tate120Want of employment and of intemperate habitsno.
Dinah Collis90Old age and incapable of employment.no.
Sarah Hornewood120Want of employmentno.
Elizabeth Bennett120Mental aberrationno.
Mary Johnson110Old age and incapable of employmentno.
Alfred Cross150Want of employment, &c.no.
Robert Bourne70dittono.
Robert Compton100Want of employment and afflicted with rheumatismno.
Elizabeth Rogers80Incapable of maintaining herselfno.
John Eves90Old age and incapable of employmentno.
Charles Boree80Want of employment and intemperanceno.
Sarah Quigley60Old age and intemperanceno.
Elizabeth Larmer56Old age and inability to workno.
Thomas Denne56Afflicted with epilepsy and inability to maintain himselfno.
John Stanworth56Want of employment and of intemperate habitsno.
Frances Foulsey50Old age and incapable of employmentno.

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