Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Berwick-upon-Tweed 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 Pringle130Destitute, through debilityno.
Matthew Weatherly90Idiotcyno.
Thomas Dexter74Destitute, through paralysisno.
Ralph Riddle69Destitute, through debilityno.
George Smith64Dittono.
John Patterson52Idiotcyno.
Sarah Joy213Destitute, through debilityno.
Alice Brown205dittono.
Sophia Johnson188dittono.
Margaret Allen143dittono.
Margery Crystal132Idiotcyno.
Margaret Crisp611dittono.

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