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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Lewes 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
Elizabeth Robinson90Idiotic 
Eliza Swaysland100ditto 
Caroline Champion470Weak of intellect 
Sarah Roberts280Old age and infirmity 
Joseph Larkin90Old age, and partly blind 
Ann Deacon60Old age 
Fanny Martin90ditto 
Edward Rusbridge200Old age, and a cripple 
Edward Fox70Old age and Infirmity 
Stephen Lewry60Old age 
Thomas Morley50Old age 
William Walker440Weak of intellect 
John Taylor130Old age 
Thomas Ellis150A cripple, and quite disabled. 
John Willis90Old age 
James Hillman50Old age and Infirmity 
Mary Hillman90ditto 

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