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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Cheltenham Union, Gloucestershire, 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
Robert Young50Crippleno.
John Melsom70Lame, and nearly blindno.
David Rees110Disease of chestno.
Simon Harrison70Infirmityno.
James Carpenter140Illnessno.
Francis Cox180Lamenessno.
William Bullinger60Illnessno.
William Perkins160dittono.
George Mason80dittono.
Henry Field50dittono.
John Banks50dittono.
Ingram Dix60Weak intellectno.
James Barton50Illnessno.
Michael Dolphin100Bad legsno.
Joseph Guest70Infirmityno.
William Joins110dittono.
Joseph Pitt70Deaf and blindno.
Edward Morris100Infirmityno.
George Hiscock50dittono.
Samuel Turner50Lost a legno.
John Newport60Infirmityno.
John Spires200Nearly blindno.
William Bramage100dittono.
James Stratford90Idiotno.
Richard Lafford50Infirmityno.
Joseph Hawkins100Illnessno.
John Mastoe70Weak intellectno.
James Preece50Idiotno.
Charlotte Carpenter140Illnessno.
Martha Hawkins100dittono.
Elizabeth Phillips120Weak intellectno.
Mary Ann Marshall60dittono.
Eliza Phipps60dittono.
Ann Done100dittono.
Mary Ann Gotham290dittoworkh. school.
Rosina Jeanes70Paralysisno.
Sophia Watts160Crippleworkhouse.
Sarah Clarke180Weak intellectno.
Ann Caudle60Infirmityno.
Mary Cook90dittono.
Hannah Hobbs70Lamenessno.
Harriett Grimshaw50Destituteno.
Esther Bliss200Weak intellectno.
Sarah Preece50Infirmityno.
Phoebe Berwick130Weak intellectworkhouse.
Mary Ann Hagger50Illnessno.
Mary Harding250Weak intellectno.
Catherine Hallowley150Paralysisno.
Elizabeth Willis60Infirmityno.
Rebecca Jay140dittono.

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