Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Newmarket Union, Cambridgeshire, 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
Layton Raymond200Weak intellectno.
Catherine Mason150Infirmity (deaf and dumb)no.
Sarah Levett200Weak intellectworkh. school.
Joseph Barrow60Infirmity (blindness)no.
John Drayton160Infirmityno.
John Rowling140Weak intellectno.
Thomas Rawlinson80Infirmityno.
John Goodson60dittono.
John Chapman200dittono.
Samuel Draper180dittono.
Thomas Brown100Weak intellectno.
Elizabeth Barrow80Infirmityno.
John Harlock130dittono.
Richard Freestone90Idiotcyno.
Mary Ann Gardner120dittono.

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