Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Kendal Union, Westmorland, 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 Atkinson194Imbecilityno.
Thomas Bailey1011dittono.
William Beck84dittono.
William Braithwaite1110dittono.
Francis Brown74Old age and infirmityno.
William Frith72Infirmityno.
William Gill61Insanityno.
Barnabas Harrison1210Imbecilityno.
Jacob Martin1010Lamenessno.
John Mills88Infirmityno.
Thomas Pattinson70dittono.
Isaac Rawes68Insanityno.
John Preston Redding109Infirmityno.
Thomas Shepherd54Insanityno.
Thomas Smith241Imbecilityno.
John Swidenbank187dittono.
Thomas Tomlinson121Insanityno.
James Whittam237Imbecilityno.
Robert Brockbank121dittono.
Ann Birtle106Weak mindnot known.
Margaret Cooper50dittonot known.
Jane Dixon66Imbecilityno.
Ruth Greaveson69Weak mindnot known.
Rebecca Helme180Old age and infirmityno.
Ann Hinde102Weak mindnot known.
Elizabeth Matthews109Idiocyno.
Margaret Moorhouse64Weak mindno.
Elizabeth Noble187Infirmityno.
Ellen Orchardson1011Weak mindnot known.
Ann Renney72Insanityno.
Mary Rigg75Weak mindnot known.
Mary Saul60Paralysisno.
Mary Smith231Weak mindnot known.
Rhoda Talbot108dittonot known.
Christina Waitt57Blindnessno.
Mary Wearing230Weak mindnot known.
Jane West64Deserted by husbandno.
Jane Wilson59Old age and infirmityno.

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