Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Gainsborough Union, Lincolnshire, 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
Sarah Woodsend86Weak mind and old ageno.
William Parnham90Epileptic fits, weak mind, and a crippleno.
William Smith90Desponding state of mind and old ageno.
Mary Ann Townroe210Weak mindno.
Joseph Stephenson130dittono.
John Clarke110Deaf and dumbno.
Louisa Tucker70Weak mindworkh. school.
Susannah Hazleby220dittono.
James Peart156Old age and infirmitiesno.
John Roebuck106Weak mindno.
William King50Blindno.
Charles Carr50Weak mindworkh. school.

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