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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wisbech Union, Buckinghamshire, 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
Thomas Dean220Cripple and weak intellectno.
Jane Woodward220Weak intellectno.
Rebecca Selby90dittono.
Ann Manning100dittono.
John Green100dittono.
William White100But one arm, and subject to fitsno.
Henry Selby60Infirmno.
Josiah Wiles70Crippled handno.
William Oakey80Infirmno.
William Gilbert90dittono.
Francis Barrett220Bad legsno.
John Howard70Infirmno.
William Cooper90dittono.

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