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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Croydon Union, Surrey, 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
Ann Baker80Imbecile from birthno.
Maria Blake80dittono.
Elizabeth Boult70Infirm from ageno.
Major Ballinger80dittono.
Isaac Charlwood100dittono.
Abel Cook80Crippleno.
Helen Dean120Partially infirmno.
George Drew80Infirm from ageno.
William Drinkwater130Rupturedno.
Sarah Denmar80Mother of illegitimate childrenno.
George Deacon60Infirm from ageno.
Thomas Donaldson60dittono.
William Feldwick100dittono.
James Foster80dittono.
Henry Garland80Imbecile from birthno.
Elizabeth Griffiths60Returned from lunatic asylumno.
Sarah Howard80Spinal diseaseno.
Harriet Hone76Imbecile from birthno.
Mary Ingram80Infirm from ageno.
Mary Johnson70Mother of illegitimate childrenno.
Sarah King70Debilityno.
Wiliam Lee120Infirm from ageno.
Harriet Lewis80Imbecileno.
Sarah Larner80Imbecile from birthno.
James Nicholson80Withered armno.
Salome Morley80Infirmno.
John Mineke50Imbecileno.
Sophie Pratt80Imbecile from birthno.
Sarah A. Reid130Mother of illegitimate childrenno.
Harriet Stagg100dittono.
Catherine Robinson80Great debilityno.
Harriet South130Mother of illegitimate childrenno.
Thomas Tapp70Old ageno.
James Webb100Infirm from ageno.

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