Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Halifax 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
Elizabeth Riley80Idiocyno.
Martha Chadwick70dittono.
Sarah Sugden100Insanityno.
Thomas Aked100Idioticno.
Stafford McDonald80dittono.
Thomas Swale70Infirmitiesno.
Joseph Sharp70Rheumatismno.
Joseph Brook60Weak mindedno.
Benjamin Hemingway70dittono.
Squire Greenwood60Idioticno.
Mary Tempest60dittono.
Nancy Holgate100Weak mindedno.
John Spencer100Old ageno.
Sarah Whitehead90Weak mindedno.
Ann Rushworth110dittono.
Grace Naylor100dittono.
Ann Sharp90dittono.
Martha Wilson80dittono.
Selina Webster60dittono.
Betty Burraclough70Old ageno.
William Rawnsley90dittono.
Mary Shaw100Idiotcyno.
Martha Ann Wilson110dittono.
Sarah Taylor60dittono.
Sarah Longbottom100dittono.
Samuel Masson100dittono.
Emma Pickles100dittono.
Harriet Earnshaw90dittono.
Ann Wright80dittono.
Mary Mitchell80dittono.
Sarah Morris70dittono.
Robert Saville70dittono.
Matthew Ashworth60Old age and infirmityno.
Martha Dean80Blindno.
Hannah Wade60Insanityno.
William King60Epilepsyno.
Mary Garside70Insanityno.
David Cheetham56Old age and infirmityno.

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