Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Chorley 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
Betty Pickup130Weak mindno.
Sarah Denham100dittono.
Joseph Kenyon280dittono.
Joseph Entwistle180Ruptured and near sightedno.
Catherine Cunliffe90Old ageno.
Richard Bamber80dittono.
Mary Crook170dittono.
Richard Bamber140Old ageno.
Thomas Pearson140Weak mindno.
John Parker130Old ageno.
Mary Smith80Weak mindno.
James Warbutton110dittono.
Jane Bundle60Old ageno.
Thomas Catterall120Old age and infirmityno.

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