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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Stone Union, Staffordshire, 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
Prudence Grattage220Infirmity 
Sarah Rushton200Widow; no means of supporting herself 
Ephraim Suckley90Weak mind 
Susannah Bromley90Ulcerated leg 
Elizabeth Plant130Lameness 
Mary Hughes60Destitution 
Barbara Robinson70Old age 
Jane Watson60Idiotic 
Martha Oldbury220Weak mind 
Joseph Pickin166Infirmity 
Jane Birks70Fits 
James Underwood70Infirmity 
Jane Munroe80Deaf and dumb 
Elizabeth Caudland210Weak mind 
James Snow60Infirmity 

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