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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Chorlton 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
Catherine Brundrett200Old ageno.
Edward McCluskey50dittono.
Elizabeth Mason120Insanitynot known.
Elizabeth Griffiths120dittonot known.
Mary Clarke130dittonot known.
Margaret Bradshaw120dittonot known.
Theodosia Rose160dittonot known.
Margaret Heywood160dittonot known.
Ann Harrison100Imbecilityno.
Margaret Thompson70Old age and infirmityno.
Thomas Starkil86Insanityno.
James Lea50dittono.
William Robinson50dittono.
Jonathan Gorman60dittono.
James Birkett50Loss of sightno.
Susannah Chorlton90Insanitynot known.
Catherine Porter50dittonot known.
Hannah Stopford50dittonot known.
Elizabeth Hanson120dittonot known.
Harriet Appleton60dittonot known.

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