Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Castle Ward Union, Northumberland, 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
Robert Fairfield80Old age and infirmityno.
William Hay100Weak mind, and old ageno.
Andrew Stonehouse80Infirmity, and old ageno.
John Robson120dittono.
Henry Lightfoot70Weak mind, and old ageno.
George Douglas90Idiotcyno.
Elizabeth Nesbitt160Loss of eyesightno.
Isabella Hogg130Weak mindno.
Elizabeth Oliver120dittono.
Dorothy Dixon70Old age and infirmityno.
Mary Baty90Weak mind, from fitsworkh. school.
Hannah Coulson50Old age and infirmityworkh. school.

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