Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Kidderminster Union, Worcestershire, 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 Perks330Asthmatic, and a crippleno.
William Cooke200Chronic herniano.
Samuel Williams70Asthmatic and rheumaticno.
Thomas Williams130Rheumatic and herniano.
John Lewis260Weak intellectno.
James Reed90Rheumatism and herniano.
William Nicholls60Fistula in ano and herniano.
Samuel Dougherty70Severe chronic hernia and rheumatism.no.
Joseph Cooke60Rheumatismno.
Cornelius Ainsworth60Severe herniano.
Benjamin Smith60Blindno.
Edgar Tyler170Rheumatic, and a crippleno.
James Baylis70Blind (totally)no.
William Ricketts160Aged and infirmno.
Charles Winwood70Idiotno.
Joseph Tibbetts60Nearly blindno.
George Smith110Chronic rheumatismno.
Richard Burton56Eczema and blindno.
William Willetts190Aged and infirmno.
William Jordan240Weak intellectno.
John Lowe66Diseased liverno.
William Cooksey70Idiotno.
Mary Brown300Weak intellectno.
Elizabeth Nicholls70Epilepticno.
Hannah Tolley170Rheumatism, and a crippleno.
Martha Noakes100Aged and infirm; debilitated by hernia.no.
Sophia Shepherd180Epilepticno.
Esther Jones110Aged and infirmno.
Elizabeth Williams200Dumbno.
Mary Perry130Wreak intellect; epilepticno.

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