Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wakefield 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 Laycock120Order of Boardno.
Henrietta Stephenson340Destitute and blindno.
Mary Wilson100Idiotno.
Mary Wormald100dittono.
Mary Furbisher80Destituteno.
Mary Stead100Idiotno.
Henry Mitchell120dittono.
Elizabeth Burton100Destituteno.
Jane Haukeswell80Subject to fitsno.
Eliza Winter80Destituteno.
Mary Jane Hirst50dittoworkh. school.
George Clayton66Orphanworkh. school.
John Mortimer100Idiotno.
George Hargreaves100dittono.
Eliza Scarf100Idiot; deaf and dumbno.
John Booth70Old age, and unable to workno.
Sarah Booth70Came in with John Boothworkh. school.
Eliza Booth70dittoworkh. school.
John Sherwin90Old ageno.
Sarah Varley70Idiotno.
Catherine Downs100dittono.
Sarah Lancaster100Destituteworkh. school.
Sarah Martin, alias Connor80Orphanworkh. school.
Robert Farrar60Destituteworkh. school.
William Farrar60dittoworkh. school.
Benjamin Milthorpe60Sicknessno.
Esther Myers90Destituteno.

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