Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Windsor Union, Berkshire, 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
William Farmer190Idiotno.
Frederick Pickett190dittono.
John Barfoot190Loss of legno.
James Hobbs170Idiotno.
William Knott120Chest diseaseno.
William Smith120Idiotno.
Thomas Dowsett100Infirmityno.
Thomas Tindall90Disabledno.
William Smith80Infirmityno.
Edward Press70Old ageno.
Charles Merredew50Old ageno.
John Perrey50Crippledno.
Frederick Finch50Idiotno.

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