Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Ongar Union, Essex, 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.

Mary Staines280Idiot.no.
Thomas Phillips60Illness.no.
James Hawkins230Idiot.no.
Elizabeth Hasler100dittono.
Esther Tucker70dittono.
Sarah Savage240Old ageno.
Elizabeth Pomfret160Idiot.no.
John Miles70Old ageno.
William Mays70dittono.
Samuel Rainbird80dittono.
Sarah Tarling200dittono.
Albertina Salmons220Blindno.
Richard Frisby70Illness.no.
Martha Weal90dittono.

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