Long-term Workhouse Inmates in West Bromwich 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
Henry Hand60Accident, causing paralysis in legsno.
Henry Pountney150Nearly blindno.
James Worton56Rheumatism and asthmano.
Joseph Souter90General debilityno.
James Hanley56Subject to fitsno.
John Brittain59Asthma and paralysisno.
Thomas Osborne56Paralysisno.
Thomas Bowyer59dittono.
John Willetts60Bad legsno.
John Hawkins90Imbecileno.
John Kennaugh70Bad legsno.
Thomas Hackett69Accident in coal pitno.
Charles Porter66Asthmano.
Timothy Whitehouse90Weak mindno.
Mary Ann Dace70dittono.
Esther Dace70dittono.
Mary Hardman76Crippled from broken legno.
Elizabeth Rogers90Rheumatismno.
Susannah Spooner400Weak mindno.
Emma Capewell53dittono.
Phoebe Billingham200dittono.
Fanny Smith80Blindno.
Rebecca Cuttler96dittono.
Francis Upton90Nearly blindno.
Lucy Green66General debility from an irregular lifeno.
Sarah Hadley56Weak mindno.
Mary Vine150dittono.
Martha Hodgetts430General debility from an irregular lifeno.
Lydia Bragg53Old ageno.
Lavinia Bone86Paralysisno.
Betty Price80Weak mindno.
Hannah Fisher330General debility from an irregular lifeno.
Harriet Paddock80Weak mindno.

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