Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Reading 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
Stephen Harriss90Infirmityno.
Edward Withers100dittono.
Edward Gregory70Imbecileno.
Henry Chitty66dittono.
John Marshall110Paralysisno.
Samuel Saunders80Blindnessno.
Thomas Pitter50Old ageno.
John Hance600Idiotcyno.
James Edgeston110No employno.
Lucy Hiscock110Old ageno.
Sarah Hiscock90dittono.
Elizabeth Tibble80Paralysisno.
Sarah Ann Petty60dittono.
Mary Hadley70Imbecilityno.
Mary Jennings130dittono.
Rebecca Rogers90Epileptic fitsno.
Deborah Dew50Rheumatismno.
Elizabeth Birkett260Cancerno.
Anjuin Beck200Imbecilityno.
Caroline Higgs200Scrofulano.
Sarah Titcombe130Old ageno.
Elizabeth Berry130Imbecilityno.
Susan Ballard260Scrofulano.
James Cottrell110Imbecilityno.
Messenger Keeley130No employno.
Hannah Keeley130dittono.
William Tuplin260Infirmityno.
William Hide70dittono.
George Hatton90Destitutionno.
James Lister300Imbecilityno.
George Millington200Idiotcyno.
William Hannington210Illnessno.
John Davis110Infirmityno.

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