Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Bolton 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
Ralph Horrocks200Weak mind and paralysedno.
John Crook120Weak mindno.
Leah Whittaker100dittono.
William Preston80Asthmaticno.
Thomas Hoyles50Old end feebleno.
William Coward60dittono.
Edward Monks100Weak mindno.
Alice Blackburn50Wholly paralysedno.
Betty Haslam100Weak mind and epilepticno.
John Prescot70Weak mindno.
James Parkinson50dittono.
John Doyle160dittono.
Charlotte Stott60dittono.
Betty Thornley70Wholly asthmaticno.
James Garnett70Old ageno.
George Kitchen70Feebleness of body and mindno.
Mary Alartin60Old and feebleno.
Matthew Ryder50Idioticno.
Eliza Close60Weak mindno.
Thomas Day60Old ageno.
Alice Baxter60Weak mind and epilepticno.
Elizabeth Richardson50dittono.
George Sharpies60dittono.
James Dawson50Weak mindno.
Sarah Howarth60Feeble bodiedno.
Jane Simcock60Feeble mind and deserted by husbandno.
Alice Crook90Weak mindno.
Ellen Mort60Weak mind and epilepsyno.
Ralph Entwisle140Weak mindno.
Mary Ann Greenhalgh90dittono.
Sarah Nelson110Idioticno.
Catherine Holme50Weak mind and epilepsyno.
Ellen Peacock70Weak mindno.
Elizabeth Green200dittono.
Margaret Hodgkinson140dittono.
Ellen Crook60dittono.
Margaret Bullough50Weak mind and epilepsyno.
William Gray100Old and feebleno.
Ann Pearce140Weak mindno.
Eunice Mather90dittono.
Betty Eckersley60dittono.
Thomas Crompton80Feeble in body and destituteno.
Marina Ashcroft160Old and infirmno.
Thomas Allen80dittono.
Thomas Smith60dittono.

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