Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Ashby-de-la-Zouch Union, Leicestershire, 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
Hannah Miller240Nearly blindno.
Mary Hopkins240Defect in the sightno.
James Wright240Idiot, but very quietno.
Hannah Smith230Crippled legno.
Hannah Jewsbury230Bastardy, employed in the houseworkno.
Sarah Porter220Has the care of an idiotno.
William Smith170Lameno.
John Poyser170Idiotno.
John Bates150Lame, and subject to fitsno.
Emma Astle120Subject to fitsno.
Sarah Hall110Bastardy, but useful in the laundryno.
Jane Hall110Bad healthno.
William Porter110A crippleno.
Mary Higginton110Dropsyno.
Elizabeth Gee80Rheumatismno.
Uriah Patrick80Lame and asthmaticalno.
Loris Illesley80Idiot, filthy, &c.no.
Samuel Wathews70Wounded soldier, no pensionno.
John Gostelow70Rheumatismno.
Thomas Thompson70Idiot, but harmlessno.
Ann Mason70Paralysisno.
Elizabeth Nicholls60Housework (two bastards)no.
Ann Lord50Has fitsno.
Mary Swan50Debility, and subject to fitsno.
Mary Hoult50Weak intellectno.

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