Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Lanchester Union, County Durham, 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
William Crooks180Weak in mindno.
Margaret Lambert100dittono.
Thomas Bell60Old ageno.
Elizabeth Sinton100Weak in mindno.
Frances Barrow70dittono.
Cicely Barrow70dittono.
John Hobkirk50Old ageno.
Elizabeth Thompson70Orphandistrict school.
Thomas Thompson70dittodistrict school.
Sarah Pace60Weak in mindno.

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