Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wigton 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
Margaret Hodgson Beaty70Idiotcynot known.
John Hesket100Infirmitynot known.
Margaret Craghill60Idiotcynot known.
George Gillespie100dittonot known.
Hannah Harkness50dittonot known.
Jane Craghill60dittonot known.
Eleanor Lesly80Infirmitynot known.
Isabella Bell70Idiotcynot known.
Joseph Messenger80Infirmitynot known.
Joseph Lowes100dittonot known.
Jane Saul50Blindnessnot known.
Robert Stobbart100Idiotcynot known.
Michael Tiffen120Infirmitynot known.

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