Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Great Preston Union, West Riding of Yorkshire, 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
James Corkerham150Crippleno.
William Fletcher50Weak mindno.
Samuel Wood50Blindno.
William Newby70Defective visionno.
John Wrightson50Ruptureno.
William Lister50Crippleno.
James Dunbar70Old ageno.
Charles Ashford50dittono.
Hannah Houseman110Weak mindno.
Sarah Hunter130Fitsno.
Margaret Harper50Weak mindno.
Mary Newton50dittono.
Mary Sharphouse70Fitsno.
Caroline Carter60Weak mindno.
Ann England170dittono.

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