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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Saddleworth Union, West Riding of Yorkshire, 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 Buckley310Blindno.
John Bradbury50Lunaticno.
Sarah Byram210dittono.
Samuel Gartside200Idioticno.
James Slater170dittono.
John Bromley210dittono.
John Marshall130dittono.
Jane Tweedale70Infirmitydist. school.
Sarah Hulley130Imbecilityno.
John Whiteman50Infirmityno.
Ann Kelley90Idioticno.
John Buckley80Infirmityno.
Mary Cheetham110Idioticno.
Hannah Lees50dittono.
Henry Buckley50Incapable of maintaining himselfno.
John Whitehead90Lame and infirmno.
James Gorton Holt60Infirmboard school.
Sarah G. Holt, his Wife60dittodist. school.

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