Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Stepney Union, Middlesex, 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
Jane Brown50Nearly blindno.
Sarah Boothe100Subject to fitsno.
Eliza Cruise200Imbecileno.
Elizabeth Clarke200dittono.
Mary Kendall50Lamenessno.
Sarah Matthews100Imbecileno.
Sarah Robey80dittono.
Elizabeth Thornton50Age and infirmityno.
Mary Ward140dittono.
Sarah Waters180Imbecileno.
Elizabeth Johnson180dittono.
Elizabeth Chappell100Weak mindno.
Elizabeth Bennett200Nearly blind and consumptiveno.
Susan Bardeaux80Lameness; employed as nurseno.
Hannah Collins200Crippleno.
Ann Gardner100Age and infirmityno.
Eliza Hart200Imbecileno.
Mary Hall100Crippleno.
Sarah Kemsley50Age and infirmityno.
Jane Travers80Consumptiveno.
Mary Milligan200Imbecileno.
Mary Ann Nicholls60Weak mindno.
Caroline Parsons50Consumptiveno.
Sarah Witts180Imbecileno.
Caroline Wilks50dittono.
Jane Butler120dittono.
Isabella Charlton200Age and herniano.
Caroline Clayton140Imbecileno.
Mary Driver50Lamenessno.
Johannah Daley100Imbecileno.
Ellen Finnegan60dittono.
Elizabeth Hart100dittono.
Mary Hoopper60Age and infirmityno.
Amelia Lambert200One legno.
Louisa Kennedy60Weak mindno.
Winnifred Newell80dittono.
Ann Pattison180Age and infirmityno.
Hannah Swainson60dittono.
Jane Weedon200Imbecileno.
Ann Watt80Crippleno.
Lydia Currant200Imbecileno.
Ann Meadows100Crippleno.
Jane Nicholls100Asthmano.
Mary Ann Pattie100Subject to fitsno.
Ann Townsend120Age and lamenessno.
Margaret Wilson200Infirmityno.
Elizabeth Gingle80dittono.
Ellen Reddington80Lamenessno.
Sarah Bridereman50Infirmityno.
Martha Pullen60Imbecileno.
Elizabeth Parker150dittono.
Hannah Brett110Infirmityno.
Elizabeth Day70dittono.
Elizabeth Headley210Blindnessno.
Mary Ann Morton50Infirmityno.
Ann Riley170Imbecileno.
Lydia Woolley50Age and infirmityno.
Martha Jones110dittono.
Sarah Hawkins70dittono.
William Francis50Imbecileno.
Thomas Lune100Infirmityno.
James Shannon50dittono.
John Wilson60dittono.
Thomas Wakeham80Lamenessno.
Benjamin Burgess80Infirmityno.
John Campbell90dittono.
Thomas Doolan50Age and infirmityno.
James Hogarth50Infirmityno.
John Newton50dittono.
Samuel Piett100dittono.
James Windsor100Imbecileno.
Peter Deolin50Blindnessno.
John Niff80Infirmityno.
John Pulley70Age and infirmityno.
William Walker50Infirmityno.
David Crole60Age and infirmityno.
James Chattaway70Lamenessno.
James Callaghan80Fractured legno.
James Davey100Infirmityno.
John Kirk60Lamenessno.
William Smith190Imbecileno.
William Turtle80Blindnessno.
Robert Bruce70Partly blindno.
George Drummond100Paralysedno.
William Springate60Lamenessno.
Thomas Tansley60Age and infirmityno.
Christopher Cleary50dittono.
William Whealley100Imbecileno.
David Sutter60Infirmityno.
John Grimmer80Imbecileno.

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