Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Thakeham Union, Sussex, 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
Jane Duke70Infirmityno.
George Smith110Idiotno.
John Botting80Infirmityno.
Harriet Hills250dittono.
John Galton120dittono.
Eliza Tribe80Idiotno.
John Cooper140dittoyes.
Luke Nicholson80Infirmityno.
Mary Ayling450Idiotno.
William Pullen90Infirmityno.
William Knight80dittono.

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