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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Newcastle-upon-Tyne 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
Jane Knox200Weak mindno.
Charlotte Knox200dittono.
Isabella Bengal200dittono.
Edward Robinson200Idiotno.
Thomas Turnbull140Ulcerated legsno.
Ann Phelan110Suffering from epilepsyno.
George Wilson130dittono.
John Errington130Ruptureno.
Elizabeth Thompson120Infirmityno.
Sarah Armstrong80Blindno.
John Winship70Asthmano.
John Codling80Scrofulaworkh. school.
William Rowe200Weak mindno.
Hannah Brown200dittono.
Elizabeth Allison90Infirmityno.
Mary Moor70dittono.
Robert Widdrington60Asthmano.
Elizabeth Widdrington60Paralysisno.
Robert Davidson130Infirmityno.
James Dewar120Weak mindno.
Jane Johnson60Paralysisno.
William Cooper50Idiotno.
Robert Beasley200Weak mindno.
Mary Storey160Natural deformity from birthno.
Frances Barbara Wright140General debilityno.
Susannah Moffatt130Paralysisno.
Ann Taylor120Weak mind and paralysisno.
Mary Hunter90Blindno.
Alfred Downie Carrick70Idiotno.
Jane Sheville70General debilityno.
Robert Sighworth160Weak mindno.
Eleanor Nicholson50Ruptureno.
Margaret Cree90Weak mindno.
Isabella Cree90dittono.
Ann Johnson70Cancerno.
George Pugh70Blindno.
Joseph Evans50Infirmityno.
Alexander Davidson50Deformity from birthno.

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