Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Ashbourne Union, Derbyshire, 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
Ruth Brooks120Weak mindno.
Annis Cupit100dittono.
Hannah Dakin110dittounknown.
Mary Goodall150dittono.
Elizabeth Harrison80dittono.
John Higginbotham50dittono.
Robert Hunt140dittono.
James Hurd130Crippleno.
Frances Pearson70Infirmunknown.
Ann Prestbury150Weak mindno.
Samuel Petts60Rheumatismno.
Ann Robinson150Weak mindno.
Elizabeth Swindell60dittono.
Margaret Sinnot50Weak mindno.
Samuel Smith130Blindno.
Frances Thacker70Weak mindno.
Edward Thompson150dittono.
Sarah Walker60dittono.
Maria Walton70Idioticno.
Esther Waring150Weak mindno.
Harriet Waring150dittono.
Hannah Yates140Infirmno.

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