Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Clitheroe 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
John Wilkinson80Old age, and only one legno.
Richard Haighton60Insaneno.
William Cooper70A cripple; paralysedno.
Elizabeth Snape140Insaneno.
Thomas Livesay100Blindno.
Ellen Smalley60A cripple; lame of arm and legno.
Edith Holgate120Insaneno.
Ralph Briggs70Old ageno.
Phoeby Walton60Insaneno.
Hannah Roberts60Old ageno.
Edward Hargreaves350Decrepitno.
Sarah Rushton210Insaneno.
Mary Ann Hodgson60dittono.
Richard Smithies120Old ageno.
Elizabeth Parkinson60dittono.
Christopher Alston100dittono.
William Tindale100Insaneno.
Ann Lee60Unable to maintain herselfno.
John Boothman210Of weak intellectno.
Richard Isherwood190An orphan; and without relations able to assist himno.
Alice Dugdale200Old and infirm, and of weak intellectno.
Mary Ann Smith150Infirm, and bad of sightno.
Margaret Pye136Of weak intellectno.
Mary Hartley180dittono.
Elizabeth Dilworth69An idiotno.

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