Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Maidstone Union, Kent, 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
George Collins100Idiotno.
Thomas Davis150dittono.
George Baker220Epilepticworkh. school.
Thomas Reynolds230Weak mindno.
William Swinnock120Ageno.
George Steele110dittono.
Edward Tilbee230Idiotno.
William Turner90Crippleno.
John Thorpe110Epilepticno.
James Weeden60Crippleno.
John Woollton110Ageno.
William Enfield90dittono.
John Bennett90dittono.
Joseph Algar70dittono.
Henry Baldwin90Idiotno.
Richard Chapman50Ageno.
James Pawley110dittono.
William Middleton100dittono.
Arthur Crofford60dittono.
Richard Humphrey70dittono.
George Bishop200Idiotno.
Peter Presnail120Crippleno.
John Usher100Blindno.
John Hosmer90Ageno.
Mary Baker220Widowno.
Elizabeth Terry100Idiotworkh. school.
Ellen Fronninger70dittono.
Ann Jones100Lameno.
Fanny Reynolds120Weak mindworkh. school.
Mary Medhurst120Blindno.
Ann Brooker140Idiotno.
Charlotte Hyland70Weak mindno.
Ann Burren140Idiotno.
Catherine Waters160dittoworkh. school.
Jane Barham160Weak mindworkh. school.
Elizabeth Jordan100Ageno.
Sarah Moon220Idiotno.
Mary Freeman80Ageno.
Amelia Buxton80Idiotno.
Mary Finch110Blindno.
Margaret Daws70Widowno.

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