Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wilton Union, Wiltshire, 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
Zilpha Perrior240Idiocyno.
Mary Hughes130Old ageno.
Charlotte Moores220Lunacyno.
Charlotte Dimmer150Blindnessno.
Harriet Saunders110Paralysisno.
Ann Davis66Subject to fitsno.
Maria Chalke110Weak mindno.
Emma Blake190Idiocyno.
Elizabeth Bennett240dittono.
John Curtis90Paralysisno.
Samuel Rowden160Old ageno.
John Gilbert150dittono.
Henry Shergold90Blindnessno.
Thomas Lampard70Old ageno.
Joseph Davis110Idiocyno.
William Adlam140Lunacyno.
George Musselwhite70Old ageno.

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