Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Newport Union, Shropshire, 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
Ann Ralphs70Infirmity and old ageno.
Margaret Evans90Infirmity from illnessno.
Sarah Evans70Infirmity and old ageno.
Lucy Jinks70dittono.
Sarah Harper150Blindno.
Ann Eccleshall530Weak intellectno.
Sarah Eccleshall280dittoyes.
Margaret Bott60Infirmity from paralysisno.
George Lewis110Infirmity from accidentno.
Amy Yardley90Infirmity from paralysisno.
Mary Goodwin60Infirmity from illnessno.
Mary Lloyd50Infirmity from paralysisno.
Thomas Skellorn70Old ageno.

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