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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Eastbourne Union, Sussex, 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
George Bignell80Paralysisno.
Lucy Brazier100dittono.
William Coppard110General debilityno.
Thomas Fox200General paralysisno.
Elizabeth Gilbert80Imbecile in mindno.
Isabella Levett200Epileptic fitsno.
Thomas Mitchell90Unable to work from debilityno.
Thomas Mewett100Unable to work from old ageno.
Charles Marchant100Blindno.
Henry Mewett200Epileptic fitsno.
Thomas Pearson150Crippleno.
Charles Simmons120Chronic rheumatismno.
James Towner80Idiotno.

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