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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wokingham 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
Harriett Cheeseman80Weak intellectno.
Henry Stevens70Idiotcy from birthno.
Jane Paine80Infirmity by asthmano.
John Clarke Larwill80Infirmity by age and other causesno.
Thomas White140Infirmity by epileptic fits from birth.no.
Ann Moorcock60Infirmity by rheumatism and dropsy.no.
Mary Batten220Blindness; partial 12 years, total 10 years.no.
Madeline A' Bear130Unable to support self and three illegitimate children; partially disabled the last four years.no.

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