Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Hambledon 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
John Brown140Infirmno.
Henry Butcher60Crippleno.
John Dicker100Old ageno.
Esther Dicker100dittono.
Martha Ellis240Imbecileno.
Ann Gibbons90Infirmno.
Henry Hill200Imbecileno.
Martha Hill200Crippleno.
Hannah Luff140Imbecileno.
Mary Older120dittono.
George Peters200Defective sight; nearly blindno.
Edmund Sparkes100Infirm; old ageno.
James Stedman100Crippieno.
William Stevens50Old ageno.
Mary Virgo80Imbecile; old ageno.

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