Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Warrington Union, Lancashire, 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
William Travis80Subject to fitsno.
William Holt80Unsound mindno.
John Taylor50Paralysisno.
William Eaton50dittono.
Peter Lomax70Lunaticno.
Joseph Appleton50dittono.
Nancy Brandwood50Old ageno.
Richard Hampson130Idiotno.
Jane Ellam90Old ageno.
William Hayes80Weak intellectno.
John Wrigley50Old ageno.
George Warburton80Weak intellectno.
John Welsby80Old ageno.
Ann Welsby80dittono.
Mary Harrison60Weak intellectno.
Thomas Lawton50Old ageno.
Richard Baker100Idiotno.
Thomas Baker100dittono.
John Massey50Crippleno.
William Harrison50Old ageno.
William Boydell50dittono.
Mary Ann Howson50Idiotno.
John Sudlow50Widowno.
Sarah Thornley50Old ageno.
Elizabeth Cross50Husband in penal servitudeno.
Mary Lythgoe50Husband a soldierno.
Mary Riley50Having an illegitimate childno.

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