Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Hemel Hempstead Union, Hertfordshire, 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 Faulkner250Paralysedno.
Abigail Cook220dittono.
James Atwood210Infirmno.
Rebecca Pryor190Imbecileno.
George Bedford170Infirmno.
Betsey Drayton140dittono.
William Harrowell130Crippleno.
Amelia Pedley90Infirmno.
James Puddefoot70dittono.
James Seabrook70dittono.
Sarah Kempster70dittono.
Thomas Hubert70dittono.
Esther Hart60Paralysedno.
John Puddefoot50Infirmno.
Ann Puddefoot50dittono.

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