Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Basford Union, Nottinghamshire, 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
Richard Kent50Old ageno.
John Webster100Partially insaneno.
Joseph Slack50Infirmityno.
Thomas Ratcliff50Old age and infirmityno.
Joseph Dennis120Insanityno.
John Severns360Infirmityno.
William Granger60Blindno.
Uriah Shaw220Imbecileno.
Samuel Crooks110dittono.
William Rigley120dittono.
James Walker280Defective visionno.
William Burrows100Old ageno.
James Brantley140Decrepitudeno.
Matthew Bricknock60Old age and infirmityno.
George Wiltshire60dittono.
George Barker60Fitsno.
Mary Farnsworth300Imbecileno.
Mary Gibbs380dittono.
Harriet Forbs300Decrepitudeno.
Ann Shelton60Old ageno.
Elizabeth Walker60Blindno.
Elizabeth James80Bastard childrenno.
Elizabeth Flowers160Imbecileno.
Maria Bend180Old ageno.
Harriet Monks90Blindyes.
Ann Hinde140Old ageno.
Phoebe Cooper70dittono.
Sarah Shipman120Deaf and dumbno.
Mary Fretwell250Imbecileno.
Mary Smith300Insanityno.
Mary Weatherhall80Decrepitudeno.
Elizabeth Barns100Bastard childrenno.

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