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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Ware 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
Ann Adams250Imbecileno.
Charlotte Daniels80Paralysedno.
Sarah Clibbon50Imbecileno.
Susan Perry250Old ageno.
William Taylor250Nearly blind, and deafno.
William Stracey50Old ageno.
Ann Dale250Blindno.
Ann Conyard50Old age and blindno.
Elizabeth Bradford50Bad eyes and very delicateunion.
Mary Smith250Imbecile and bad legsno.
James Pitty200Old ageno.
James Byatt60Bad feetno.
Daniel Ricketts100Bad legsno.
Ann Banks100Deaf and imbecileno.
John Grey60Past workno.
Ann Bigg250dittono.
David Chalkley200dittono.
Sarah Farnham250Imbecileno.
George Squires70Past workno.
William Warner60no.

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