Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Tamworth Union, Staffordshire, 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
Benjamin Brown80Age and infirmitydist. school.
William Pickering60Infirmitydist. school.
Thomas Barnes120Weak mindedworkh. school.
Samuel Lysons110Paralysisworkh. school.
James Shelton190dittodist. school.
Samuel Sutton100Age and infirmitydist. school.
Diana Dale450Weak mindeddist. school.
Sarah Sidwells180dittodist. school.
Caroline Smith70Cripple, and weak minded
Hannah Gilbert80Weak mindeddist. school.
Ellen Wright80Cripple, and weak minded

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