Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wem Union, Shropshire, 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 Pemberton140Old ageno.
Catherine Pemberton140Idiotno.
Jane Bickley150dittono.
Ann Harris100dittono.
Elizabeth Edge90dittono.
George Maddocks60dittono.
Richard Wycherley90Old ageno.
Sarah Adams90Weak healthno.
Charles Bagley100Idiotno.
Joseph Stockton50dittono.
Ann Sockett180dittono.
Hannah Sockett180dittono.
Martha Cooke120dittono.
Sarah Growcott100dittono.
Henry Ridgeway130St. Vitus' danceno.
Mary Astley120Weak healthno.
Elizabeth Astley110Affliction in the headno.

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