Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Daventry 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
Susannah Burton240Idiocyno.
Thomas Brown206Lameness, and unable to workno.
Caroline Wiggins180Idiocyno.
Sarah Reynolds180Weak in mindno.
Joseph Russell126Idiocyno.
Michael Woodhall110Deafness, and, in consequence, unable to obtain employment.no.
George Cox100Illness, and unable to workno.
Thomas Woodhall90Deafness, and, in consequence, unable to obtain employment.no.
Ann Oliver59Idiocyno.

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