Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Swaffham Union, Norfolk, 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 Twaites65Has two bastard children whom she is unable to maintain.no.
Eliza Hoggett166Idioticno.
Ann Currie163Deaf and dumbno.
Stafford Spinks66dittono.
Mary Carter140Weak mindyes.
Mary Cooper230Weak intellectyes.
Robert Stevens140Blindno.
Richard Filby75Crippleno.
William Powley64Unable to work (aged)no.
Robert Roper57Weak intellectno.
William Richmond56Rheumatismno.

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