Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Sevenoaks Union, Kent, 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.
|William Dennis||14||0||Lame; afflicted with scrofula||dist. school.|
|John Leppard||5||0||Aged; left a widower, with three small children||no.|
|Mary Saxby||15||0||ditto||dist. school.|
|William Ovenden||5||0||Bad eye-sight||no.|
|Susan Walls||5||0||Weak intellect||no.|
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