Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Hastings 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
James Cast140Idiotic from birthno.
Mary Hammond150Paralysedno.
Robert White100Infirmno.
Robert Pomphrey100dittono.
Elizabeth Tebay70Infirmno.
Maria Mann60dittono.
Richard Page70Aged and infirmno.
Susanna Ginner200Blindno.
Benjamin Gallop240A crippleno.
James Nash120Imbecileno.
Ann Wingfield180Subject to fitsno.
Mary Pinson110Paralysedno.
Harriett Mills110infirmno.
John Drury120Aged and infirmno.

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