Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Burnley Union, Lancashire, 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
James Whitaker100Old ageno.
John Judson200Idioticno.
Nicholas Fletcher200dittono.
Ann Lee250dittono.
Richard Jackson240Infirmno.
Betty Thompson70dittono.
John Harrison70dittono.
Wilson Hartley200Idioticno.
John Binns80Infirmno.
Allison Bracewell70Idioticno.
Elizabeth Mason200Deaf and dumbno.
Emma Heywood50Infirmno.
Thomas Hartley60dittono.
Henry Pollard70dittono.
Henry Webster100Deaf and dumbno.
William Wilkinson180Infirmno.
Ann Bland150Idioticno.
Mary Bailey160dittono.
Mary Shittard80dittono.
John Lawson200dittono.
Sarah Hooler150dittono.
William Leaver180Infirmno.
Mary Whitaker50idioticno.

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