Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Driffield Union, East Riding of Yorkshire, 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
John Dale170Incontinence of urineworkh. school.
Richard Burgess200Scrofulousworkh. school.
Jane Smith80Old ageno.
George Potter100Idioticno.
Mary Dandy200Weak mindno.
Ann Dixon50Illegitimate childrenno.
Mary Trussell190Scrofulousworkh. school.
Arthur Myers60Old ageno.
George Escritt220Idioticno.
Richard Pearson120Old and infirmno.
John Sutton220A crippleno.

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