Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Westhampnett Union, Sussex, 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
William Bridger190Imbecile and bad sightworkh. school.
Luke Rowe90Idiotworkh. school.
William Yeates260dittoworkh. school.
Benjamin Wade130dittoworkh. school.
Stephen Cockerell260Idiotworkh. school.
Naomi Steer260Crippleworkh. school.
Martha Brewer220Idiotworkh. school.
Sarah Brewer210dittoworkh. school.
Eve Lane180dittoworkh. school.
Ann Marner60Two illegitimate childrenworkh. school.
Joan Goff70Widow, with a familyworkh. school.
Hannah Tupper170Crippleworkh. school.
Eliza Midhurst130dittoworkh. school.
Ellen Horn160Imbecileworkh. school.
Jane Bowley60dittoworkh. school.
Ann Bowley60Idiotworkh. school.

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