Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Belford 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
Mary Ronaldson90Not able to work for herself and children.no.
Thomas Ronaldson90No able to work for himself.no.
Mary Ann Ronaldson90Not able to work for herself.no.
Mary McDougal100Not able to work for herself, being idiotic.no.

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