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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Birmingham Incorporation, Warwickshire, 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
Mark Blakemore60Illnessno.
John Baldwin120Old ageno.
Ann Bayliss80Bed-riddenno.
Joseph Birch60Illnessno.
Elizabeth Bloxam180Imbecilityyes.
Thomas Bowater76Illnessno.
James Bolton96Epilepsy and impaired intellectno.
John Bayliss80dittono.
Ann Brindley90Senectusno.
Rebecca Bennett126Idioticyes.
Richard Eustace60Senectusno.
Andrew Cameron 53Herniano.
John Chaplin63Disabled by accidentno.
Rebecca Crampton63Husband's inability to workno.
Emma Cartwright60Epilepsy and imbecilityyes.
George Clarke130Deserted by father when a boyyes.
George Davis53Epilepsy and imbecilityno.
Mary Ann Dingley80Insane and epilepsyno.
Ann Davis70Imbecilityno.
Eliza Davis56Deserted by husband and left with two children.no.
Walter Edwards80Old age and defective sightno.
Arthur Ford60Old age and illnessno.
Sarah Field60Imbecilityno.
Elizabeth Freeman50dittono.
Thomas Foxall50Disabled by accidentno.
Nathaniel Fisher56Old age and defective sightno.
Catherine Floak50Deafnessno.
Thomas Green66Paralysisno.
Charles Garner50Old age, and unable to workno.
Mary Gazey70Bed-ridden, and a widowno.
Ann Greensill150Parted from husband, and no means.no.
Mary Griffiths70Epilepsy, and impaired intellectno.
Joseph Hopkins70Old ageno.
Ann Hodgetts650Extreme old age, and imbecilityno.
Mary Ann Harriman150Deaf and dumbno.
Walter Holland86Idioticno.
William Harper80Imbecilityno.
Grace Howlett60Epilepsyno.
Edward Harden60Blindnessno.
Ann Hollis160Epilepsyno.
Rosannah Hunt50Idioticno.
Paul Jones86Old age, and illnessno.
John Jagger56Idioticno.
Sophia Lewis60Imbecilityno.
John Lloyd60Hernia, and the effects of an accidentno.
Richard Linford55The effects of an accidentno.
John McEvan90Bed-riddenno.
George Malin86Epilepsyno.
Mary Mitchell60Old age, and widowhoodno.
Fanny McNally70Imbecilityno.
Rebecca Matthison60dittono.
Sarah Norris76Old age, and lamenessno.
James Ollett50Old age, and deafnessno.
Mary Orderly120Old age, and illnessno.
John Pickard60Old age, and inability to workno.
Joseph Preston60Blindnessno.
Elizabeth Pearce400Deaf and dumbyes.
Benjamin Pritchard450Imbecilityno.
William Penton63Continued illnessno.
Richard Petty160Idioticno.
Edward Price70Imbecility from old ageno.
Charles Record50Unsound mindno.
Thomas Rogers56Imbecilityno.
John Robinson60Paralysisno.
Ann Roberts70Continued illnessno.
John Rogers50Bed-riddenno.
William Richardson66Lameness, and old ageno.
Francis Ryley60Bad leg, and weak mindedno.
John Shaw110Imbecilityno.
Samuel Sadler63Lameness, and old ageno.
Susannah Serle150Imbecilityno.
William Scott80Epilepsy, and impaired intellectno.
Emma Smallman110Spinal disease; deaf and dumbno.
Emma Smart170Epilepsyyes.
William Turner50dittono.
Joseph Tilley60Illness, and past workno.
Edward Tobin70Extreme old ageno.
Sarah Tart100Old ageno.
Anne Turner170Paralysisyes.
Mary Taff80Continued illnessno.
James Warr86Effect of strokeno.
William Westney60Imbecilityno.
Thomas Wrighton110Old ageno.
Thomas Wittering60Old age, and deafnessno.
Eneas Westrop70Imbecilityyes.
Mary Weston160dittoyes.
Thomas Welch83Epilepsy, and idioticno.
Emma Wright70Epilepsyno.
William White66Illness, and old ageno.
James Wright53Defective sight, and old ageno.
Jane Wheeler50Partial blindnessno.

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