Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Chepstow Union, Monmouthshire, 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
Elizabeth Powell210Lunacy, harmless; old and infirmno.
Charlotte Jones150Formerly deserted; of weak mind; agedno.
Edward Jones140Idiocy, quite harmlessworkhouse.
John Cox140Idiocy, much deformedno.
Thomas Clifford120Rheumatism and old ageno.
William Ellis110Infirmity and old ageno.
John Pedlingham110Fracture of skull, weakno.
John Harris100Rheumatism and old ageno.
William Young90Epilepsy; weak and infirmworkhouse.
Luke Saunders80Lunacy, quite harmless; imbecileno.
William Williams70Diseased leg, old age and infirmityno.

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