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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Sheffield 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
William Barker80Paralysed and infirmno.
Ellen Baines50Lunaticno.
George Bradshaw140Idiotno.
Henry Bradshaw60dittono.
Thomas Cheetham170dittono.
George Creswell200dittono.
Joseph Caterer70Infirmno.
Hannah Conlin80Idiotno.
William Drabble90dittono.
Leah Draper120Blind and infirmno.
Ralph Dodsworth120Infirmno.
Jane Eaton90Blindno.
Thomas Grayson50Sicknessno.
William Hoyland50Imbecile and infirmno.
James Holdsworth120Imbecile and blindno.
George Hall200Epilepticno.
Jane Lockhart90Idiotno.
Mary Ann Locker120dittono.
James Nicholls90dittono.
George Osbourne60Deaf and dumbno.
Henry Oldham100Paralysedno.
Mary A. Plumpton60dittono.
Joseph Parkin120Idiotno.
Charlotte Redfern60Infirm, and a widowno.
Mary Ann Smith180Lunaticno.
Aaron Sampson200Idiotno.
Mary Settles200Lunaticno.
Harriet Turton60Infirmno.
Mary Ann Taylor70Lunaticno.
Ann Wigfall160Imbecile and paralysedno.
Joannah Willson120Idiotno.
Ann Woolhouse100dittono.
Sarah Winks50Lunaticno.
Thomas Wild100Constitutionally infirmno.
Absolom Bayldon60dittono.
John Bywater50dittono.
Frank Barber80dittono.
John Barker50dittono.
John Winder50Imbecileno.
Peter Callighan80Infirmno.
Patrick Coleman50Lnbecileno.
William Calverley50Imbecile and infirmno.
Thomas Farrington50Paralysed and dumbno.
Margaret Flint50Infirmno.
Mary Ford50dittono.
Thomas Hobson50dittono.
Henry Jones50Imbecileno.
William Kay60Paralysedno.
Mary Leonard50Sicknessno.
Sophia Laycock80Infirmno.
Harriet Strafford50Infirm, and paralysedno.

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