Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bridgnorth Union, Shropshire, 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
John Cooper70dittono.
Francis Manning50Paralysisno.
John Cluett400Idiotno.
Thomas Evans120dittono.
John Davies80Age and infirmityno.
William Rowley150Dumb and lameno.
Thomas Nicholls70Infirmityno.
Harriet Williams60Lost one leg, and the other is diseased.no.
Sarah Holmes70Subject to severe fitsno.
Thomas Poole60Age and infirmityno.
Jane Davenport220This pauper has got two illegitimate children in the district school; she is of weak intellectno.

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