Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Shrewsbury 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.

Mary Lawrence160Insaneno.
Caroline Ward90Idioticno.
Elizabeth Corker70dittono.
Emma Williams150dittono.
Mary Merrington70Labouring under infirmitiesno.
Thomas Jones160Paralysisno.
William Morris100Labouring under infirmitiesno.
John Pearce70dittono.
Louisa Cound70Idioticno.
Mary Done70Labouring under infirmitiesno.
John Cooper80dittono.
John Hughes80dittono.
Jane Martin70Deaf and dumbno.
John Hanmer160Insaneno.
Thomas Lewis160Idioticno.

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