Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Gravesend & Milton 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
Sarah Adams120Old age and infirmno.
Richard Burton100Rheumatismno.
Sarah Bannister100Paralysedno.
Henry Bartholomew100dittono.
William Berkshire60Infirmno.
Laurence Brown60dittono.
Israel Cooper260Imbecileno.
Elizabeth Clarke70Lameno.
Sarah Hall180Imbecileno.
Elizabeth Hailey80Old ageno.
Mary Keeble200Paralysedno.
Elizabeth Leatt250Old ageno.
Mary Lewis110Infirmno.
Alice McDonald110Lameno.
Richard Mills100Infirmno.
John Stewart50dittono.
Elizabeth Youngman100dittono.
Benjamin Turner120Goutno.
William Upson70Coup de soleilno.
Robert Whetland80Lameno.
Thomas Sling80Idiotno.
Nicholas Bowie80Imbecileno.
Mary Downes60Old ageno.
Patience Eeclestone100dittono.
Elizabeth Holland240Insanityno.
George Harber70Infirmno.
Harriett Jackson360Imbecileno.
George Masten100Idiotyes.
Thomas McKevor70Imbecileno.
John Matthews50Infirmno.
Susannah Rhodes90Paralysedno.
Charlotte Rowarth50Epileptic fitsyes.
Henry Stendall80Infirmno.

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