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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in St Thomas Union, Devon, 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
Mary Cade60Age and infirmityno.
Ann Kennicott50Sicknessno.
John Dingle86Age and infirmityno.
Richard Milford76Imbecileno.
Reuben Lamacraft56Age and epilepsyno.
Ann Please230Weak intellectno.
Henry Dawe60dittono.
William Collins240dittono.
Eliza Ford116dittono.
Elizabeth Jarman50Destitutionno.
Sarah Gillett76Age and infirmityno.
George Emmett116Weak intellectno.
Mary Harding50Sicknessno.
William Martial50dittono.
John Addison60dittono.
Martha Bodley66Weak intellectno.
Mary Harwood50Destitutionno.
Elizabeth Farrant90Weak intellectno.
Charity Ware50Age and infirmityno.
James Coplestone90dittono.
Ellen Holding50Weak intellectno.
Michael Davey76Sicknessno.
Elizabeth O'Brien56Old ageno.
Mary Brown56Infirmityno.
Mary Hellier76Age and infirmityno.

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