Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Romsey Union, Hampshire, 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 Attwood80Imbecilityno.
Elizabeth Austin80dittono.
Sarah Southwell76Having illegitimate childrenno.
Charlotte Ballard70Infirmityno.
William Stockwell56dittono.
Margaret Jones250Imbecilityyes.
Sarah Martin200dittono.
James Courteney110Infirmityno.
James Marshall100Imbecility (deaf and dumb)no.
James Dickman100dittono.
Daniel John Wright59Infirmityno.
Mary Cheater70Having an illegitimate childno.
Ann Gruncell50Imbecilityno.
Thomas Earle70Infirmityno.
Sarah Moreton60dittono.

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