Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Depwade Union, Norfolk, 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
Joseph Baldry178Age and infirmityno.
Mary, his wife178dittono.
James, their son178Weak intellectno.
John Nunn70Ruptureno.
Mary Ann Pulford55Three illegitimate childrenno.
John Thurling186Age and infirmityno.
Frances Jackson220Idiotno.
Elizabeth Leathers89Age and infirmityno.
Susan Moore80Crippleno.
Lydia Gardiner140Lameno.

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