List of Long term Residents of Epsom Union Workhouse in 1861


On 29th June 1860 The House of Commons ordered that the name of every adult pauper in each workhouse, in England and Wales, who had been an inmate for a continuous period of 5 years or more was to be recorded. The report was printed on 30 July 1861 and listed 14,216 adults. When compared with the total workhouse population of approx 67,800 adult workhouse inmates (excluding vagrants) the percentage of long term inmates was just over 21%.

Breakdown of National Total by Reason
Reason No. Of Inmates Percentage of Total
Old Age and Infirm 3331 23.43
Infirm 2565 18.04
Bedridden 36 0.25
Total for Old Age and Infirmity 5932 41.73
     
Epilepsy 175 1.23
Fits 205 1.44
Idiot 1565 11.01
Imbecile 997 7.01
Insane 325 2.29
Lunatic 210 1.48
Palsy 21 0.15
Paralysis 465 3.27
Weak mind 1026 7.22
Total for Mental Disease 4989 35.09
     
Asthma 62 0.44
Brain Fever 4 0.03
Cancer 7 0.05
Chronic Disease 32 0.23
Dropsy 13 0.09
Fistula 10 0.07
Illness 493 3.47
Lumbago 1 0.01
Rheumatism 133 0.94
Scrofula 42 0.3
Spinal Disease 23 0.16
Syphilis 5 0.04
Ulcerated Legs 99 0.7
Total for Bodiliy Disease 924 6.5
     
Bad Sight 165 1.16
Blind 428 3.01
Cataract 1 0.01
Cripple 386 2.72
Deaf and Dumb 197 1.39
Deformed 59 0.42
Lame 292 2.05
Loss of Limb 36 0.25
Rupture 55 0.39
Total for Bodily Defect 1619 11.39
     
Bad Character 9 0.06
Females having Bastard Children 141 0.99
Imtemperance 28 0.2
Prostitute 4 0.03
Total for Moral Defects 182 1.28
     
Disserted by husband 25 0.18
Destitute 375 2.64
Laziness 4 0.03
Orphan 45 0.32
Want of Work 54 0.38
Widow 67 0.47
Total for Other Causes 570 4.01
     
Grand Total 14,216  


List of longterm residents of Epsom Union Workhouse
Name of every Adult Pauper who has been an Inmate of the Workhouse during a continuous Period of Five Years. The Amount of Time each of such Paupers shall have been in the Workhouse. The Reason assigned why the Pauper in each case is unable to maintain Himself, or Herself. Whether or not the Pauper has been brought up in a District or Workhouse School Additional information from Census Returns
Last Name First Name Years
(no months recorded)
    Age Marital
Status
Occupation Comments
ANSELL James 5 Infirmity No 65 Unmarried Labourer  
APTED Lucy 17 Weak intellect No 54 Unmarried    
ARTHUR Sarah 22 Weak intellect No 57 Unmarried    
BEAGIER Harriet 11 Widow; one illegitimate child No 52 Widow Servant  
BORER Susan 8 Infirmity No 78 Unmarried Servant ? Boorer
BROWN John 14 Infirmity No 81 Unmarried Gardener  
BULLEN Thomas 22 Infirmity No 57 Unmarried Labourer  
CORBETT Henry 15 Infirmity No 74 Unmarried Labourer  
ELSON William 16 Idiotic No 49 Unmarried    
HAZELL Sarah 5 One illegitimate child No 41 Unmarried Servant  
HEASMAN Edward 5 Infirmity No 64 Widower Stone Sawyer  
HINES Ann 9 Weak intellect No 30 Unmarried    
JEFFERIES Mary 6 Infirmity No 60 Widow Dressmaker  
JELL William 5 Idiotic No 18 Unmarried    
LEANEY Mary 8 Weak intellect No 52 Widow Servant  
LINNETT John 12 Infirmity No 84 Widower Servant  
MILES Emma 10 Weak intellect Workhouse School 19 Unmarried    
MILLER James 22 Paralytic No 47 Unmarried    
NEAL Sarah 18 Infirmity No 70 Unmarried Needlewoman ? Neale
NICHOLLS John 18 Infirmity No 76 Widower Cooper  
NICHOLLS Lucy 5 Infirmity No 75 Widow Servant  
OSMAN John 9 Infirmity No 87 Widower Labourer  
PACEY William 22 Idiotic No 50 Unmarried    
PALMER Eliza 9 Weak intellect,
and one
illegitimate child
No 39 Unmarried Servant  
PARDNIE Ann 18 Infirmity No 82 Unmarried   ? Parduice or Parduche
REED Sarah 22 Weak intellect No 70 Unmarried   ? Reid
SAKER Robert 17 Infirmity No 86 Unmarried Sawyer ? Richard
STAMMERS Charles 15 Infirmity No 84 Unmarried Labourer  
STENT Susan 22 Weak intellect No 53 Unmarried    
STEVENS William 11 Infirmity No 76 Unmarried Shoemaker  
STURT Mary 22 Paralytic No 57 Unmarried    
TATE William 15 Infirmity No 43 Unmarried Farm Labourer ? Taite
TEEL Henry 13 Infirmity No 87 Widower Papermaker  
TERRY Charlotte 8 Weak intellect,
and one
illegitimate child
No 40 Unmarried    
WATERS Ann 22 Weak intellect No 63 Unmarried    
WATERS Robert 22 Weak Intellect Workhouse School 52 Unmarried    
YOUNG William 5 Infirmity No 68 Widower Carpenter  

e.& o.e.

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