Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Stourbridge Union, Worcestershire, 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
Abraham Wood140Infirmityno.
Thomas Sideway120Blindnessno.
Francis Keeling120Illness, and bad sightno.
James Cumming60Infirmity and old ageno.
John Welsh60dittono.
Edwin Richards70dittono.
William Bennett170dittono.
Thomas Boxley80dittono.
Edward Newton60dittono.
William Wall80dittono.
Peter Pardoe80dittono.
John Wooldridge70dittono.
Joseph Thorns70dittono.
Henry Bache60Fitsno.
John Lawley60Lamenessno.
William Perry160Infirmity and bad sightno.
Joseph Gadd110Old ageno.
John Gardener120Infirmity and old ageno.
Benjamin Perry80dittono.
George Woodhouse50Lamenessno.
Joseph Harris50Dropsyno.
John Willetts80Lamenessno.
Joseph Tibbetts70Bad eyes and weaknessno.
Thomas Drew50Bad eyesno.
Richard Howes120Disease of heartno.
John Heathcote120Infirmity and old ageno.
William Tew150dittono.
John Cooke90dittono.
John Hazelwood150Idiotno.
Joseph Southall100dittono.
Ann Woodhouse50Infirmityno.
Hannah Field80Idiotno.
Elizabeth Dancer60Blindnessno.
Catherine Pew80Infirmityno.
Elizabeth Homer100Imbecilityno.
Mary Kilcoyne50Unable to support three childrenno.
Ann Skielding150Disease of brainno.
Sarah Thatcher80Weakness of mindno.
Ann Homer80dittono.
Elizabeth Timmings100Idiotno.
Phoebe Drew120dittono.
Maria Walker150dittono.
Sabra Griffin50Old ageno.
Ann Freeman50dittono.
Ann Jones110Infirmity and ageno.

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