Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Chesterfield Union, Derbyshire, 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
Mary Webster220Cataractnot known.
Robert Watson150Idioticnot known.
James Brough80Scrofulaworkh. school.
Deborah Spencer180Asthmadist. school.
John Metcalf90Paralysisnot known.
Martha Higginbottom50Imbecilenot known.
Ann Briddon220Old agedist. school.
Ann Reddich160Scrofulaworkh. school.
William Frith80Imbecilenot known.
John Cooper60Old agedist. school.
John Clark50Scrofulaworkh. school.
Mary Linacre220Imbecilenot known.
William Marples140dittonot known.
Esther Finney50Old agenot known.
Job Derwent220Imbecilenot known.
Harriet Furness70Weak mindnot known.
William Hodgkinson90Scrofuladist. school.
Sylvanus Webster140dittonot known.
Sarah Mallinder50Imbeciledist. school.
Thomas Heathcote90Old agenot known.
Margaret O'Neale60Has fitsnot known.

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