Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Ellesmere Union, Shropshire, 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 Pollett70Age and infirmityno.
Caroline Davies130Insanityno.
Philip Pickering60Age and infirmityno.
Sarah Rogers50Weak mind, and having a bastardno.
William Minshall50An idiotno.
Henry Phillips350dittono.
Caroline Evans110dittono.
Elizabeth Williams80Weak mind, and having a bastardno.
Elizabeth Davies110An idiotno.
Joseph Jenks100Blindnessno.
Thomas Phillips70Age and infirmityno.
Richard Smith60dittono.
Charles Worrall60An idiotno.
Richard Dawes60Infirmityno.
Richard Jones60Insanityno.
Samuel Jones80Age and infirmityno.
Thomas Dovaston50Inability to support family through infirmityno.
Enoch Price50Deaf and dumbno.

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