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.
|John Davies||8||0||Age and infirmity||no.|
|William Rowley||15||0||Dumb and lame||no.|
|Harriet Williams||6||0||Lost one leg, and the other is diseased.||no.|
|Sarah Holmes||7||0||Subject to severe fits||no.|
|Thomas Poole||6||0||Age and infirmity||no.|
|Jane Davenport||22||0||This pauper has got two illegitimate children in the district school; she is of weak intellect||no.|
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