Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bradford Union, West Riding of Yorkshire, 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
George Priestley51Unable to work; crippleno.
Nancy Priestley51Sicknessno.
James Carmody80Old age and infirmityno.
Elizabeth Demaine80Destitutionno.
Mary Ann Coultas70Old age and infirmityno.
Nancy Hurst70Deaf and dumbno.
Mary Lumb120dittono.
Thomas Chapman90Idioticno.
Daniel Cawthra90dittono.
Martha Tetlow90Infirmityno.
Mary Ward80Idioticno.
Elizabeth Preston70dittono.
Mary Whittaker90Paralysedno.
Jane Ragan90Idioticno.
Ann Conroy90Epilepticno.
Jane Pilling90Idioticno.
James Hargreaves110Bad legno.
Thomas Tetlow110Idioticno.
John Murgatroyd60Subject to fitsno.
Jane Wilson53Sicknessno.
Alice Brooks69dittono.
Elizabeth Shaw89Blindno.
William Simpson60Old age and infirmityno.
Thomas O'Donald110Crippleno.
William Ready90Old age and infirmityno.
Mary Ann Berry90Idioticno.
William Benn110dittono.
Thomas Douglas70Old age and infirmityno.
George Beauland110Idioticno.
John Isherwood90Old age and infirmityno.
John Tennant70Crippleno.
Greenwood Ryding80Old age and infirmityno.

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