Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Oldham 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 Smethurst120Old ageno.
Ann Winterbottom70Intemperanceno.
Jeremiah Dalton130Infirmno.
Hannah Dronsfield120Fitsno.
Betty Marsden120Weak mindno.
John Platt120Blindno.
Sarah Dunkerly110Paralysisno.
Samuel Fletcher100Idiotno.
Sarah Jane Jackson100dittoworkh. school.
James Jackson120Infirmno.
James Bardsiey120Infirmno.
Elizabeth Jackson90dittono.
Joseph Stott100Old ageno.
William Stott120Infirmno.
Joseph Newton90Old ageno.
Mary Ann Jackson100Idiotno.
Alice Broster120Infirmno.
Betty Whally70Intemperanceno.
Jane Jackson99Paralysisno.
John Trippier60Old ageno.
John Booth60dittono.
Jane Thomason70Infirmno.
Hannah Hall60Blindno.
William Jones70Idiotno.
Samuel Wright50dittono.
Ann Cooker70Intemperanceno.
Lucy Brooks120Fitsno.
Jane Riley110Idiotno.
Hannah Sutcliffe60Fitsno.
Miriam Hall50Imbecileno.
Mary Denton70dittono.
William Booth60Old ageno.
Amelia Hoyles100Crippleno.
Sarah Nield100Idiotno.
Betty Kirkham60Imbecileno.
John Malalieu100Old ageno.
William Wright90Idiotno.
Mary Mills100Infirmno.
John Buckley100Idiotno.
Thomas Howarth100Old ageno.
Charles Malalieu100Idiotno.
Betty Cook70Infirmno.
Richard Dyson100Lameno.
Prudence Parkinson120Infirmno.
Mary Fox100Weak mindno.
Hannah Stott100Imbecileno.
Thomas Lees100Old ageno.
Alice Cooper100Paralysisno.
Mary Ann Collings100Imbecileno.
John Ogden50Crippleno.
Hannah Mills100Imbecileno.
William Platt100Old ageno.
Richard Prestwich100Idiotno.
Sophia Carlisle60Old ageno.
John Stott100Idiotno.
John Whitehead120Fitsno.
Bridget Christie50Imbecileno.
Mary Brophy50dittono.
Olivia Hartley50dittoworkh. school.
Thomas Williams100Old ageno.
Thomas Schofield100Idiotno.
Joseph Shawcross60Crippleno.
Jonathan Ogden70Blindno.
William Platt60Deafno.
James Ogden110Old ageno.
Joseph Taylor100Blindno.
Benjamin Howarth80Old ageno.
Thomas Buckley100dittono.
John Collinge90Idiotno.
John Wrigley60Crippleno.
James Fitton80dittono.
Mark Greaves60Idiotno.
John Harrop50dittono.
James Mellor60Deafno.
John Greenwood50Infirmno.
John Ogden60Old ageno.
John Wild50Crippleno.
Samuel Haughton50Old ageno.
Joseph Glassop50Idiotno.
Ann Wrigley50Old ageno.
Betty Jackson60Crippleno.
Hannah Lemon190Blindno.
Hannah Barker50Old ageno.

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