Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Westbourne 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
Ann Freeland160Having bastard childrendist. school.
Stephen Glue140Idiot, and an orphanno.
Emma Binsted100Weak intellectdist. school.
Thomas Quinnell140No work, and disableddist. school.
John Pain100Age and infirmitydist. school.
George Russell60dittodist. school.
Sarah Shawyer160Idiotno.
Mary Elmes130Has a bastard childdist. school.
Emily Griffin240Weak intellectno.
Jane Pett120dittodist. school.
James Cook130No work, and disableddist. school.

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