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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Cockermouth Union, Cumberland, 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
Margaret Allen173Rather weak-mindedno.
Benjamin Bunting190Idioticno.
Joseph Bowman160Lunaticno.
Margaret Bailey122dittono.
John Barnes102Old and infirmno.
Frances Bell123Of drunken habitsno.
Margaret Bryne139Infirmityno.
Henry Bowes134Old and infirmno.
Andrew Brough116Imbecileno.
Isaac Brown160Idioticno.
Mary Campbell1610dittono.
Henry Cass124Old ageno.
John Creighton132dittono.
Edward Campbell170dittono.
Margaret Denwood132Deaf and dumbno.
Jane Davidson100Old ageno.
Mark Fisher110Idioticno.
Joseph Graham92Lunaticno.
Jane Johnston179Idioticno.
Phoebe Key142Crippleno.
Robert Kirkpatrick1110Old ageno.
Henry Key190Idioticno.
John Lockett190Lunaticno.
Betty Lewis150Old age; has been lunaticno.
Betty Minnican121Idioticno.
Ann Murray190dittono.
Esther Nicholson149Lunacyno.
John Parkinson120Imbecileno.
William Preston92Lunaticno.
Mary Ann Ritson190Not able-bodiedyes.
Mary Ann Sloan144Bastardyno.
Mary Steel145Lunaticno.
Ann Skelton190Imbecileno.
Joseph Stockdale119Lunaticno.

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