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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Chelmsford Union, Essex, 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
Julia Crabb120Idiotcyno.
Hannah Shuttleworth60Crippleno.
Benjamin Finch90Rheumatismno.
Hephzibah Davey60Blinddistrict school.
William Mason60Paralysisdistrict school.
Mary Gilbert210Deaf, and impediment in her speech.no.
William Bacon90Bad legsno.
Elizabeth Miller50Infirmno.
John Barnes210Idiotcyno.
John Gates100Infirmdistrict school.
Martha Waters60Idiotcyno.
Walter Waters60dittono.
Thomas Bacon70Epilepsyyes.
Agrippa Crabb120Idiotcyno.
Samuel Hutton66Dropsicalno.
George Spitty120Idiotcyno.
Isaac Hawkes60dittono.
Jane Reed60Lameno.
Walter Hills50Partial idiotcyno.
James Dowsett200dittono.
Simon Clements90dittono.
Lucy Eckworth60Fitsno.
Ann Cowell70dittoworkh. school.

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