Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Brixworth Union, Northamptonshire, 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
Thomas Foster230Idiot, and unable to workno.
James Crutchley126dittono.
Cornelius Brown86dittono.
William Walden56Infirmity, and unable to workno.
Esther Kinchin230Subject to fits, and unable to work.no.
Dorcas Mulligan86A cripple, and has no friends to look after her.no.
Alice Johnson73Weak mind. and has an illegitimate child.no.
Naomi Cooper116Idiot, and unable to take care of herself.no.
Martha Bradshaw53Weak mind, and unable to workno.
Ann Robins52dittono.
Elizabeth Butlin123Idiot, and incapable of taking care of herself.no.

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