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Pauper names list 1835-1845

This is an experimental simple listing of names by date as they appear in the remaining documents between 1835 and 1845, in the absence of registers or accounts, with the intention of sorting and following names through, and it has been successful in yielding interesting results!

(Note, Excel does not deal with dates before 1900, so the method used here is to use one colmn for the year, and the other for the date – all being in 2010. To sort back into date order, primary sort by year and secondary sort by date.)

Over time, paupers’ names seem to go in “categories” – whatever most concerned the Guardians at the time! - and unfortunately become less frequent into the mid-1840’s. The novelty seems to have worn off, and there seems to be too much else going on for the Board of Guardians to note individuals!

However, from December 1840, the Minutes identify weekly Out Relief Special Cases, sometimes two or three names, sometimes pages. These are almost entirely temporary claims for relief due to sickness or accident, and provide a fascinating insight into the ebb and flow of illness and disease – however, after analysis of six months’ data, this has proved too big a job for the purposes of a Union and Workhouse study, but is worth further research later!

Sorting the list by name is revealing.... a few examples:

Several people were given more than one loan, very few of which appear to have been repaid. Was this to get around the out relief rules?
Several people also appear in the 1835 Relief Book and later in the 1841 Census in the Workhouse. And whole families begin to show up.
Isaac Moody was allowed to leave the Workhouse to attend to his sick wife in February 1841. In April that year, there are midwifery charges of 7/6d, followed by funeral costs for both the mother and child.
John Bartlett of Basingstoke, aged 40 and identified as a Brickmaker in the 1841 Census, was given a loan of 5/- in April 1837, and was subsequently in the Workhouse. There he seems to have remained until at least 1844 (possibly not continuously?) from where he repeatedly absconded.
William Blunden of Wootton St Lawrence was retrieved from Hackney at a cost of over £4 in 1837, and appears still, or again, in the Workhouse in 1841, aged 40, an agricultural labourer.
Mary Church received 6/6d towards child care in 1837, but ended up in the Workhouse anyway – in 1841 she absconded, leaving the children behind. According to the Census, they were Philip, aged 2, and William, aged 8.
Thomas Kew, a Workhouse inmate, was 13 years old in 1841 and appears again a year later, being punished for dirtying his bed - William Stevens, aged 15 in 1841 was still in the Workhouse a year later and getting into trouble!

University of London
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Pauper names list 1835-1845