Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Stratford-on-Avon 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
Rebecca Cowley240An idiot from birthno.
William Cowley240dittoworkh. school.
Ann Reeves240dittono.
Lucy Freeman240dittoworkh. school.
Harriet Maunton240dittono.
William Ball240dittono.
John Hill100An habitual drunkardno.
Henry Court100dittono.
Mary Aubury80Wholly infirmno.
Elizabeth Rogers80Paralysisno.
William Gibbs60An idiot from birthno.

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