Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Saffron Walden 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.

NameYrsms.ReasonSchool
James Hills130Lame in both handsno.
John Barker60Crippleno.
James Barnard140Weak in intellectno.
William Blackwell110Age and infirmityno.
Robert Martin180Lamenessno.
Sarah Abrahams240Weak intellectno.
Elizabeth Saunders240dittono.
Harriet Rider140Idiotno.
Mary Simmonds240Idiotno.
Mary Ann Pettit80Weak intellectno.
Elizabeth Wright100Idiotno.
Sarah Coe230Weak intellectno.
Martha Gatwaid180Rheumatismno.
Isaac Thurgood100Age and infirmityno.
Rebecca Perkins50dittono.
Thomas Reed220dittono.
William Bray140Loss of one arm, and the other nearly useless.no.
Joseph Brazier50Speechlessno.

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