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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Hexham Union, Northumberland, 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
Thomas Lee220Idiotno.
Matthew Lee230dittono.
Robert Lead bitter120dittono.
George Pattinson60dittono.
Phoebe Richardson210dittono.
Elizabeth Dufton220dittono.
Cecilia Lyons230dittono.
Ralph Smith180Not able bodied, and subject to fits.no.
William Robson100Not able bodied, and paralyticno.
William Parker100Not able-bodied; a cripple; has no use of his legs.no.
William Woodmass100Notable-bodied, and scrofulousno.
Joseph Craig50Not able-bodied; from old age, and lameness.no.
Mary Carrick110Widow, destitute, with two children, one of whom a bastard.no.
Mary Ann Rutherford70Not able-bodied, and an idiot.no.
Margaret Brown50Widow, destitute, with three children.no.
Jane Ward50Widow, destitute, with two children and one bastard.no.
Sarah Wright180Widow, not able bodied, and faculties impaired.no.
Margaret Stobart160Not able bodied, and subject to fits.no.
Margaret Hemsley160Not able-bodied, and paralyticno.
Frances Atkinson170Notable-bodied; not able to workworkh. school.
Kerin Oldham170Not able-bodied, with a bastard child.no.
Elizabeth Carrick110Not able-bodied, scrofulous, and has only one arm.workh. school.
Grace Newton140Not able-bodied, infirm, and old age.no.
Margaret Armstrong140Not able-bodied, and paralyticno.

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