Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Newbury Union, Berkshire, 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
Joseph Salter190Infirmity from accidentno.
William Elton200Ulcerated legsno.
Charles Cook90dittono.
George Cox220Blindno.
Sarah Buckeridge140Paralysisno.
George Harles60Epileptic fitsno.
John Seymour100Infirmity from accidentno.
Robert Allen80dittono.
Sophia Mountford200Idiotno.
Solomon Randall80Age and infirmityno.
George Blake60Paralysisno.
Lucy Seward120Paralysisno.
James White60Idiotno.
Thomas Butler70Age and infirmityno.

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