Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Blackburn Union, Lancashire, 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
George Astley205Insanedist. school.
John Burns183dittono.
Mary Barratt1511Destituteno.
Joseph Barker1210Lameno.
Thomas Butterworth109Insaneno.
Elizabeth Ainsworth80Lamedist. school.
Reubin Bennison73dittodist. school.
Mary Ann Ainsworth53Insaneno.
Jane Abbott55dittono.
Ellen Clayton1910Lameno.
John Corbridge1910Weak mindedno.
James Cronshaw710dittono.
Isabella Cronshaw71Lamedist. school.
Jane Crosby70Old agedist. school.
Margery Cunliffe75dittodist. school.
John Craven59Spinal complaintdist. school.
Mary Duxbury1311Lamedist. school.
Hannah Dewhurst52Insanedist. school.
Christopher Eccles149dittono.
Jane Fish183Weakno.
John Fish159Oldagedist. school.
James Fielding63mindedno.
John Gregson2410Destituteno.
Mary Holt1910Weak mindeddist. school.
John Holmes142Insanedist. school.
Thomas Hacking110Destituteno.
Roger Hartley141Lamedist. school.
William Hatton83dittodist. school.
William Holding69dittono.
Nancy Howarth84Fitsno.
James Howarth83Lameno.
Ellen Hindle510Weak mindedno.
Alice Holding51Old ageno.
Margaret Kenyon142Sick and destituteno.
Ann Knowles85Weak mindeddist. school.
James Kay65Old and infirmdist. school.
Samuel Kenyon510dittodist. school.
Betty Longworth110dittodist. school.
John Oldham89dittodist. school.
Margaret Pickering59Insaneno.
Jefferory Pickup206Weak mindeddist. school.
Richard Ratcliffe120Old and infirmdist. school.
Mary Ratcliffe84Insanedist. school.
Thomas Roberts53Lamedist. school.
Alice Shaw103Insanedist. school.
Margaret Sellers55Sickdist. school.
Ruth Sagar53Old and infirmdist. school.
John Tassiker139Lamedist. school.
Alice Taylor99Insaneno.
George Webster212Destitutionno.
Martha Walmsley99Weak mindeddist. school.
Elizabeth Wilkinson94Infirmdist. school.
Ann Whittle80Unsound mindno.
Winifred Walsh70Lameno.
James Walmsley610Insanedist. school.
Mary Whalley53Lameno.
Elizabeth Westcott51Insanedist. school.
Leah Witton51Dittono.
George Hodgson146dittodist. school.
Thomas Kemp54Old and infirmdist. school.

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