Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Barton-upon-Irwell Union, Lancashire, 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
Henry Sharlock66Debilityno.
Henry Turner80Idiotworkh. school.
Samuel Lawton100Weak mindedno.
John Higginbottom56Infirmno.
Margaret Taylor56Idiotno.
Ellen Ashcroft50ditto,no.
Alice Renshaw50dittono.
David Lloyd60Infirmno.
Jane Cordwell70no.
Charles Hardman50Infirmno.
Sarah Gratrix70Idiotno.
Betsy Hulme80Blindnessno.
Margaret Donnelly80Idiotno.
Thomas Crompton80no.
Martha Cookson80Widowno.
Elizabeth Beswick70dittono.
Isaac Pollitt90Idiotno.
Adam Stabley80dittono.
John Armstrong100Blindno.
Alice Hickson90no.
Mary Withington90Idiotno.
Elizabeth Johnson90no.
Richard Pollitt50Idiotno.
Richard Muggs80Blindno.

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