Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Faversham Union, Kent, 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 Sutton110Having a family, and being deserted by her husband.no.
Thomas Spingles60Infirmityno.
Jane Ottaway66Weak intellectworkh. school.
Sarah Rook250Paralysisno.
Louisa Page250Loss of eye-sightno.
Thomas Collard120Rhuematismno.
William Baldock96Infirmity of mindno.
Catherine Spendiff50Infirmno.
Thomas Gammon170dittono.
William Packman110dittono.
John Moody140Idiotno.
H. Cosgrove130Paralysisworkh. school.
C. Hills60Infirmno.
S. Sheridan56dittono.

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