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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Walsall 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
Joseph Kimberley230A cripple in both hands and feetno.
Mary Clay ton150dittono.
Sarah JobberuncertainInsaneno.
Thomas Blakemore80Infirmno.
John Essex60dittono.
Charles BirchuncertainDeaf and dumbno.
Sarah Butler120Crippleworkh. school.
Edward Broughton56dittounknown.
George Teece80Infirmno.
James Smith90Insaneno.
Robert Gee60Infirmno.
Mary Johnson100dittono.
Mary Bullock200dittono.
Isaac Rowe100dittono.
Mary Ann Mansfield90Crippleworkh. school.
Ann Charity Smith200Sicknessno.
Margaret Gregory140Infirmno.
Rebecca Thornhill100Insaneno.
Caroline Read120dittono.
Sarah Johnson90dittono.
Sarah Taylor220Infirmno.
Mary Stackhouse110dittono.
George Brookes110dittono.

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