Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Loughborough Union, Leicestershire, 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 Darby180Lunacyno.
Henry Jones170Defective sightworkh. school.
Elizabeth Slack150Infirmityno.
Thomas Henderson160Lunacyno.
Sarah Handley120Imbecileno.
Mary Harris136Idioticno.
Joseph Hopewell130Infirmityno.
Hannah Goff113Epilepsyworkh. school.
John White89Infirmityno.
Ann Smith70Lunacyno.
Eleanor Hardy69Desertion by husbandno.
Millicent Brumley66Disabilityno.
Margaret Brookes66Illegitimate childno.
Dorothy Birkin110Weak mindedno.
John Hallam110Infirmityno.
Edward Platts50dittono.
Thomas Bradford50dittono.

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