Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Prescot 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
Samuel Clare136Old age and infirmityno.
William Critchley129dittono.
John Lightfoot80Subject to epileptic fitsno.
Thomas Tilley56Old age and infirmityno.
William Owen86Idiotno.
Elizabeth Jackson143Blindnessno.
Elizabeth Case120Imbecilityno.
Esther Winstanley160dittono.
Elizabeth Spencer160dittono.
Mary Traverse166Idiotno.

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