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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Oswestry Union, Shropshire, 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 Jones100Chronic rheumatismno.
William Jones60Old ageno.
John Davies110dittono.
Watkin Rogers100dittono.
Richard Bate150dittono.
William Williams90dittono.
Jane Davenport70Chronic maniano.
William Morris60Old age and infirmityno.
Margaret Edwards200Weak eyesworkh. school.
Margaret Edwards60Old ageno.
William Chattoway56Chronic rheumatismno.
Thomas Jones100Paralysisno.
Thomas Hackett60Old ageno.
Ellen Jones60dittono.
Ellen Morris200Weak mindno.
Ann Rogers180dittono.
Elizabeth Myatt110dittoworkh. school.
Sarah Stokes600dittoworkh. school.
Louisa Cash150dittoworkh. school.
William Edwards100Asthmaworkh. school.
Sarah Price340Weak mindworkh. school.
Richard Humphreys50Chronic maniano.
Thomas Edwards60Disabled from accidentno.
Edward Dovaston50Old ageno.
Jane Jones56dittono.

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