Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Atcham 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.

Elizabeth Howells150Chronic rheumatismno.
Martha Cliff90Weak intellect; has two bastard children.no.
Sarah Bristow90Deaf and dumb; health delicateno.
Sarah Edwards70Heart diseaseno.
Anne Manning50General debility (aged 85 years)no.
John Cooper70dittono.
Francis Manning50Paralysisno.

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