Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bury St Edmunds Union, Suffolk, 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
Barnabus Turpin80Rheumatism, with old ageno.
Benjamin Nice150Very lame, with old ageno.
Jacob Peck200Partially disabled, with old ageno.
Sarah Reach190Intemperate habitsno.
Frances Morriss100Subject to fits of deranged intellectno.
Louisa Simmonds80Very lame; unable to standno.
Anne Smith70Weak intellectno.
Ann Hammond70dittoyes.
Matilda Burton170dittoyes.

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