Long-term Workhouse Inmates in West Derby 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
Ephraim McMullen110Old age and infirmityno.
Richard Emery51dittono.
Elizabeth Jones83Infirmity and sicknessno.
Sarah Perry86Illegitimate childrenno.
Sarah Lancaster62Idiotno.
Elizabeth Rainford62dittono.
James Rainford53dittono.
Thomas Rainford53dittono.
Alice Tunstall51Infirmityno.
George Harrison50Idiotno.
Joseph Taylor131dittono.
William Rushton53Old ageno.
Frances Hutchinson70Debilityno.
Thomas Roberts110Old ageno.
James Malley50dittono.
Margaret McCoy52dittono.
Peter McDonald80Old age and infirmityno.
Catherine Ward75Paralysisno.
William Young84Sickness and old ageno.
Ellen Spencer165Paralysisno.
William Wakefield74Old age and epilepsyno.
Thomas Jones60Idiotno.
Francis Kenney72Paralysisno.
Richard Houghton53Old ageno.
Mary Horrocks71dittono.
James Worrall82Old age and sicknessno.
Thomas Magill73Asthmano.
James Brandon52Old ageno.
Bridget Diamond105dittono.
Betty Humphreys141dittono.
John Wilks69dittono.
James Redman56dittono.

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