Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Sheppey 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.

NameYrsms.ReasonSchool
William Eaves140Infirm, lameno.
Attwood Kelsey130Imbecileno.
Samuel Palmer140Epileptic fitsno.
John Coultrip150Imbecileno.
John Horn150dittono.
George Henry Piper60Injury of the spineno.
Michael Dod130Subject to insanityno.
Mary Bartlett140Imbecileno.
Elizabeth Humphries170dittono.
Caroline Fox160Deaf and dumbno.
Sarah Palmer130Old ageno.
Jane Carrier90Deaf and dumbyes.
Ann Attwood80Epileptic fitsno.
Ann French140Old ageno.
Sarah Eason160Epileptic fitsno.
Harriett Hall140Lamenessno.
Ann Buffum110Old ageno.

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