Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Shardlow Union, Derbyshire, 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
Dorothy Ward60Sickness and infirmityno.
Elizabeth Woodward50Incapability for serviceno.
Mary Stevenson180dittono.
James Wilmot90Paralysisyes.
Edward Kilborne210Idiotcyno.
Mary Mee160Incapability for serviceno.
Lucy Pritchett50dittono.
Mary Foster70dittoyes.
Thomas Wheatley210Idiotcyno.
Martha Castledine60Paralysisno.
Ann Walliss220Incapability for serviceno.
Elizabeth Wallis220dittoyes.
Charles Hutchinson160Idiotcyyes.
John Biddies50dittono.
Martha Gregory190Incapability for serviceno.
Edward Winrow120Physical disabilityno.
Susan Henfrey170Infirmityno.
Mary Ann Kirkman80Deaf and dumbno.

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