Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Penzance Union, Cornwall, 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.
|Eliza Phillips||20||0||Loss of one leg||no.|
|Sarah Triggs||18||0||Bodily infirmity||no.|
|Grace Warren||5||9||Inability to support herself and her two illegitimate children.||no.|
|Maria Hancock||6||0||Reduced from affluence to poverty through extravagance; bodily and mentally incapacitated for labour,||no.|
|Mary Grose||21||0||Bodily infirmity||no.|
|Elizabeth Hart||12||0||Old age||no.|
|Prudence Thomas||20||0||Epilepsy and old age||no.|
|Mary Ann Hyden||20||0||Epilepsy||no.|
|Martha Webb||15||3||Mental infirmity||workh. school.|
|Anne Williams||18||0||Old age||no.|
|Grace Eddy||8||0||Inability to support herself and her two illegitimate children.||no.|
|James Dyer||14||3||Old age||no.|
|Eliza Trenyard||7||0||Partial blindness and imbecility||workh. school.|
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