Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Solihull Union, Warwickshire, 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
Henry Jones220An idiot from birthno.
Thomas Taylor220Deaf and dumbno.
Mary Smith200Imbecility caused by fitsno.
Sarah Corsnett170Imbecility and old ageno.
Joseph Beardsman100Imbecility and fitsno.
Joseph Mills70Infirmity and old ageno.
Sarah Dawes70dittono.
Mary Wardle70Widow, with two children, unable to maintain herself and children.no.
William Freeman50Infirmities and old ageno.

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