Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Whitehaven Union, Cumberland, 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 Dickinson220Idiotcyworkh. school.
Mary King120Old ageworkh. school.
William Magee100dittoworkh. school.
Samuel Rogers230Idiotcyworkh. school.
Robert White170dittoworkh. school.
Esther Grendall130Old ageworkh. school.
Ann Harrison96Fatuityworkh. school.
Agnes Perry170Lunacyworkh. school.
Elizabeth Carr110Blindnessworkh. school.
Mary Carberry180Idiotcyworkh. school.
Mary Tyson220Old ageworkh. school.
Ann Morris250dittoworkh. school.
Margaret Walker160Imbecilityworkh. school.
Elizabeth Kendall190Idiotcyworkh. school.
Mary Reese200Imbecilityworkh. school.
Agnes Reese150Idiotcyworkh. school.
John Brannan210Epileptic insanityworkh. school.
John Campbell210Melancholy insanityworkh. school.
James Black160Lunacyworkh. school.
Mary Cummings170Lamenessworkh. school.
Elizabeth Fitzsimons210Imbecilityworkh. school.
Jane Davis200Idiotcyworkh. school.
Elizabeth Peat90Old ageworkh. school.
Mary Osendorf120dittoworkh. school.
Betty Fisher140dittoworkh. school.

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