Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Henley Union, Oxfordshire, 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 Pratt80Infirmityno.
Susan Taylor200Weakness of intellectno.
Caroline Webb60dittono.
Charles Hawkins70Infirmity from paralysisno.
Amelia Wilkinson70Weak intellect; epilepticno.
Susan Woodward60Having illegitimate childrenno.
Thomas Smith60Infirmityno.
William Brown60dittono.
John Sadler60dittono.
Jane Townsend80Weakness of intellectno.
John Fisher90Infirmityno.
John Mole60dittono.
Lucy Major110Having illegitimate childrenno.
George Toomer200Infirmityno.
Mary Jones50dittono.
Sarah Deane110dittono.
Catherine Wise70dittono.
Eliza Brooker110Having illegitimate childrenno.
Eliza Betteridge120Weakness of intellectno.
Mark Brown60Blindnessno.
Ann King120Weakness of intellectno.
Mary Wheeler90Infirmityno.
Sarah Barney70Deaf and dumb, and having an illegitimate child.no.

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