Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Tavistock 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.

John Skinner200Subject to fitsno.
Cornelius Simmons110Infirmity from old ageno.
Peggy Cole220Old age, and being a crippleno.
Rosamond Mears200Old ageno.
William Miles190Defective hearing and sightyes.
Emily Strike160Weak intellectyes.
William Cudlipp150Insanity (harmless)no.
Richard Riddalls50Old age and infirmityno.
George Dinnaford140Weak intellectno.
Mary Ann Hicks140A crippleno.
Angelina Harris70Widow with three children; one illegitimate born in widowhoodno.
Daniel Vallett230Old age and infirmity; nearly blind, and subject to diseaseno.
Jane Halfyard90Idiotcyno.
Daniel Comm90Paralysisno.
Jane Dawe60Insanity (harmless)no.
Elizabeth Mears70Subject to fitsno.
Mary Coram160Deaf and dumbno.
Jane Bennett80Idiotcyno.
Margaret Hockin110Unable to maintain herself from illnessno.
Richard Muffle90Old age and infirmityno.

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