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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Chester Union, Cheshire, 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
William Appleton110Agedno.
Elizabeth Bartlem220Delicate healthno.
Elizabeth Bartlem60Widow with childrenno.
John Bruen70Weak mindno.
Eliza Clubbe220Deafno.
William Crawford90Agedno.
Mary Cliffe230Age, &c;.no.
Ann Dutton260Weak mindno.
Henry Dale60Subject to fitsno.
Mary Evans120Age, &c.no.
Thomas Ellis70Lost one legno.
Martha Evans60Age, &c.no.
Elizabeth Foreman120Weak mindno.
Ann Godfrey 100Widow; infirmityno.
Elizabeth Gwynne80Widow; subject to paralysisno.
Robert Jones60Agedno.
Richard Lilley60Weak mindno.
Robert Marsh100Infirmityno.
Mary Miller150Delicate healthno.
John Poole220Infirmityno.
Sidney Parry220Agedno.
Thomas Rathbone90Agedno.
Ann Roberts210Weak mindno.
Charles Sandford150Weak mindno.
Sarah Speed70Weak mindno.
Joseph Thomas500Weak mindno.
Williani Thomas60Subject to fitsno.
Thomas Wiss60Blindno.
Jane Worrall100Weak mindno.

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