Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Faringdon 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
Hannah Ayers150Aged woman; was many years ago at a lunatic asylum.no.
Mary Thatcher80Widow with three children; one illegitimate.no.
Mary Oakley120Idiotno.
Sarah Curtis140Aged womanno.
William Norton76Aged man; once at the asylumno.
John Blagrove560Idiotworkh. school.
Caroline Westall100Subject to fitsno.
Patience Pike52dittono.
Dinah Pearce80Widow with three children; one illegitimate.no.
Elizabeth Thorne130Deformed, unable to workno.
William Higgs106Aged manno.
Thomas Pocock90Deformed, unable to workworkh. school.
Julia Travers140Idioticno.
Eleanor Ball200Deaf; unable to get her living; one illegitimate child.workh. school.
Elizabeth Lambourne150Idioticworkh. school.
Sarah Walker110dittono.
Harriet Stallard200Aged womanno.
Elizabeth Allen66Aged woman; once at an asylumno.
Thomas Hughes63Aged man; rupturedno.

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