Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bedminster Union, Somerset, 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
Charles Batt90Incapable of workno.
William Bevan100Idiotno.
Samson Bees120Deaf and dumbno.
Catherine Chamberlain180Incapable of workno.
Mary Chivers50dittono.
John Doughty50Idiotno.
Richard Gillet60Incapable of workno.
Richard Gillet180Idiotno.
Julia Hulland80Incapable of workno.
Mary Ann Harris140Idiotno.
William Light60Incapable of workno.
Ann Owen90dittono.
James Perry210dittono.
Elizabeth Roark70dittono.
Martha Savers120dittono.
Sarah Scriffin90dittono.
William Williams60Idiotno.
John Welsh110Incapable of workno.
Charles Williams60dittono.
Samuel Weeks200dittono.
Jane White80dittono.
Martha White120Idiotno.

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