Long-term Workhouse Inmates in St Albans Union, Hertfordshire, 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
Samuel Kemp60Old ageno.
Ann Cockle60dittono.
Sarah Humphrey200Imbecileno.
Ann Robinson80Blindno.
Elizabeth Thomas130Imbecileno.
William Hammett190dittoyes.
Susan Adams180dittono.
Thomas Holland60Paralysedno.
Sarah Simpson110Came from old workhouse, Redhournno.
Dinah Dean80Imbecileyes.
John Wilmott50Destituteno.
Thomas Webb50dittono.
Emma Wheeler200Imbecileyes.
Elizabeth Andrews80Subject to fits, and destituteno.
Mary Lewis80Imbecileno.
William Parkins80Destituteno.
Ann Fowler200dittono.
Joseph Wykes90dittono.
Sarah Morris180Bad health, which continuesno.
William Simmons440Imbecileno.
William Gladman200Aged, and bad legsno.
Mary Hawes220Destituteno.
Thomas Osman60Old ageno.
Ann Richardson90Paralysedno.
Esther Seeby60Blind and destituteno.
Mary Downing80Destituteno.
Susan Irons100Blind and destituteno.
James Mitchell50Aged and destituteno.
Thomas Hull70Bad eyes and destituteno.

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