Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Hitchin 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
Charlotte Cotton50Imbecilityno.
Mary Waller60Ageno.
Elizabeth Carling300Illegitimate childrenno.
Mary Currell50Ageno.
Elizabeth Watson110dittono.
Ann Folds50dittono.
Mary Green120Imbecilityno.
Harriet Smith150Crippled handno.
Ann Giddins250Age and illegitimate childno.
Susan Judd170Ageno.
Ann Woods180dittono.
Ann Johnson80Deserted by husband; left with three children.no.
Elizabeth Clark60dittono.
Sarah Lee50dittono.
James Biggs90Age and debilityno.
David Smith100Age and paralysisno.
John Clark50Ageno.
George Farr70Imbecilityno.
Michael Boyle50dittono.
Robert Hemmings60Age, &c.no.
James Waters150Imbecilityno.
Charles Chambers110A crippleworkh. school.
Mary Matthews70Ageno.

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