Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Peterborough 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.

John Huckees160Rheumatics, contracted limbsno.
Mark Simpson96Deformed handsno.
John Richardson100Asthmano.
Robert Jones50Asthma, and short sightedno.
Thomas Cocking60Deformed handsno.
John Hales60Weak mindno.
John Bryant130dittono.
James Bowker90dittono.
John Wilmott60Fitsno.
Emma Woodrow66Weak mindno.
Elizabeth Layton120dittono.
Jane Bigley130dittono.
Catharine Smith80dittono.
Letitia Bingham100dittono.
Mary Ann Northfield50Four illegitimate childrenno.

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