Long-term Workhouse Inmates in New Forest Union, Hampshire, 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.

Charlotte Hatch200Of weak mindno.
George Weston160Crippleworkh. school.
William Broomfield230Blindno.
William Eckton150Rupturedno.
Charlotte Broomfield150Of weak mindworkh. school.
John Chase130Infirmityno.
Thomas Rogers100dittono.
Lancelot Lotten100Deaf and dumbworkh. school.
Charles White90Weak eyesno.
William Head90Infirmity and ruptureno.
Sarah Eckton80Of weak mindno.
Benjamin Gregory70Cripple, and subject to fitsworkh. school.
Thomas Hallett60Infirmityno.
Stephen Cull60Imbecile, and subject to fitsno.
John Cooper50Imbecileno.
Henry Bottomley50Blindno.
Richard Mason160Infirmityno.
Maria Butler230Of weak mindno.
Joseph Baker150Deafness and infirmityno.

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