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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Lancaster Union, Lancashire, 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
John Ellis90Old ageno.
John Osbaldeston60Mental imbecilityno.
John Jackson70dittono.
John Brunton90dittono.
John Stephenson50Lamenessno.
Ann Hinde240Lameness and old ageno.
Ann Carr110Insanityno.
Mary Braithwaite80Old ageno.
Eliza Kirkby180Mental imbecilityno.
Nancy Bamber150Scrofulano.
Margaret Bulfield70Mental imbecilityno.
Sarah Johnson80Epileptic fitsworkh. school.
Jane Prickett60Mental imbecilityno.
Margery Blayard140dittono.

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