Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Poole Union, Dorset, 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
Ann Cole60Crippleno.
Mary Cummins60Destituteno.
Martha Dummick200dittono.
William Hawkins80dittono.
Joanna Holland90dittono.
Mary King100Destitute, and old ageno.
Sarah Lambert120dittono.
Edward Long80Destituteno.
Alice Mead90dittono.
John Moors70Crippleno.
James Ricketts200dittono.
Joseph Samways80Destituteno.
Elizabeth Sharp60Destitute, and old ageno.

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