Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Colchester 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
Jonas Barrett66Sicknessno.
John Nevard76Old ageno.
lonas Watts150Blindnessno.
Robert Hewitt56Paralysisno.
Henry Dines150Old ageno.
John Ladbrocke220Paralysisno.
William Evans56Idioticno.
Benjamin Digby170dittono.
John Archer163Deaf and dumbno.
Charlotte Sargent150Weak mindno.
Ann Ward56Rheumaticno.
Sarah Bishop80Old and infirmno.
Ann Newman140General debilityno.
Mary Ann Searles160dittono.
Rachel Daniels110Old age and nervousno.
Mary Childs150Idioticno.

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