Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Luton Union, Bedfordshire, 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
Thomas Simpkins130Imbecilityno.
James Lawrence130Blindno.
William Kingham60Sicknessno.
Joseph Jeffs100dittono.
Daniel King60Infirmityno.
Joshua Parkins140dittono.
Rebecca Langley70Imbecilityno.
Sarah Ellingham60Sicknessno.
Sophia Champkin110Imbecilityno.
Catherine Walker100dittono.
Caroline Goodman56Sicknessno.
Sophia Hawkins160dittono.
Kitty Burgess70Infirmityno.

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