Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Rochdale Union, Lancashire, 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
Isaac Garside50Old ageno.
James Clegg50Imbecilityno.
Samuel Kershaw50dittono.
Alice Taylor50Old ageno.
Henry Bardsley50Imbecilityno.
Betty Entwistle50dittono.
Betsy Lee50Rheumatismno.
William Smith50Old ageno.
William Chadwick50Fitsno.
James Stott60Paralysisno.
Eli Dean50Old ageno.
James Ogden50Infirmityno.
George Howarth50dittono.
Robert Cass50Blindno.
James Sharrocks50Infirmityno.
Jonathan Butterworth60dittono.
John Holt50dittono.
James Livsey50Idiotno.
Benjamin Mills50Infirmityno.
Sophia Collinge50Blindno.
Alice Livsey50Infirmityno.
Jane Howard50dittono.
Ann Crossley50Idiotno.
Betty Healey50dittono.
Martha Hoyle50dittono.
Judith Jackson89Old age and weakness in right handno.
John Fitton86Deaf; dumb and lameno.
Ann Wolfenden1110Insaneno.
Eliza Clegg180Weak mindno.
Sarah Fielding180dittono.
Sarah Jackson89dittono.
Edmund Simpson83Old and lameno.
Elizabeth Whitehead911Deaf and dumbno.
Betty Whittles180Idiotno.
Robert Baron114dittono.
Walter Clegg90Lunaticno.
John Whitworth100Rupturedno.
James Brearley80Lameno.
Ann Bateman66Old and blindno.
Betty Baxter66Lame and bedfastno.
Mary Leach80Idiotno.
Thomas Schofield66Old ageno.
Mary Howorth57Idiotno.
William Hanson80Lameno.
Betty Holroyd70Blindno.
Sarah Harrison60Weak mindno.
Mary Howard66Old ageno.
Rhoda Lees70Fitsno.
Susan Farrow60Old ageno.

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