Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Northampton 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
Charles Adson230Imbecile (born in the house).no.
Benjamin Allen200Old and infirmno.
John Ford160dittono.
John Wright120dittono.
John Francis80dittono.
William Smith230Imbecileno.
Thomas Buckler140dittono.
James Walker90Old and infirmno.
John Marks50dittono.
John Elmes50Deformedno.
John Banks120Imbecile (born in the house).no.
Abraham Cooke70Old and infirmno.
Thomas Steevenson130Blindno.

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