Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Spalding Union, Lincolnshire, 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
James Lane140General debilityno.
Mary Walker170dittono.
Martin Hill100dittono.
John Brice80Imbecilityno.
Martha Ashton160dittono.
Eliza Melbourn130dittono.
Ann Tasker90dittono.
John Holliday80Deformityno.
William Sharp110Lamenessno.
James Buff60Old ageno.
Charles Pretty170General debility, and loss of a legworkh. school.
Jonathan Duckars100General debility, and loss of an eyeworkh. school.
Elizabeth Donsby140Lupusno.
Catherine Gordenby90Having an illegitimate childno.
Ann Taylor60Old ageno.
William Woodcock120Sickness and old ageno.

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