Long-term Workhouse Inmates in King's Lynn Union, Norfolk, 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 Dolby90Rheumatismno.
Frank Crisp80dittono.
William Gricks60Lamenessno.
James Johnson70Lamenessno.
William Brereton100Old ageno.
Dinah Jickling160Idiotno.
Thomas Bacon240dittono.
Maria Coxall130Imbecileno.
Thomas Lines150Idiotno.
Sarah Pointer60Imbecileno.
Mary Balls270dittono.
Rachael Dixon600Idiotno.
Mary Woodrow70Imbecileno.
Hannah Jickling160Old ageno.

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