Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Whitechapel Union, Middlesex, 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
Sarah Welch110Infirm?
Mary Jenkins124ditto?
Elizabeth Phelan90ditto?
Martha Stillwell76ditto?
Mary Lane70Cripple?
Mary Reynolds90Infirm?
Hannah Downes110Imbecile?
Mary Chandler90Infirm?
Honors Leary70ditto?
Mary Willson51ditto?
Susan Noble76ditto?
Margaret Loney360ditto?
Susannah Spurgeon60ditto?
Susan Harrison70ditto?
Ann Carr69ditto?
Ann Allen50ditto?
Elizabeth Nethercliff120ditto?
Ann Jacobs102ditto?
Mary Bulmer70ditto?
Mary Richmond234ditto?
Frances Worth60Idiotic?
Julia Jackson80Crippleyes.
Sarah Dawtry70Infirm?
June Handy100ditto?
Jane Roberts133Imbecile?
Mary Crawley100Infirm?
Sarah Langley50ditto?
Catherine Pounceby79Blind?
Ann Baker76Infirm?
Elizabeth Harriss68ditto?
Ann Belitho56ditto?
Elizabeth Waller60ditto?
Catherine Welch60ditto?
Georgian Davidge63ditto?
Ann Buckeridge100ditto?
Charlotte Jeffcott50ditto?
Elizabeth Smith70ditto?
Eleanor Mantle230ditto?
Martha Jackson50ditto?
Mary Garrett340ditto?
Ellen McGurke100ditto?
Hannah Greenleaf120ditto?
Margaret Rook400Blind?
Ann Munro86Infirm?
Johanna Ragan200Deaf and Dumb?
Sarah Day200Idiot?
Mary Johnson270Infirm?
Mary Ann Stevens60ditto?
Isabella Ratcliff60ditto?
Ann Druce70ditto?
Johanna Callaghan200Imbecile?
Jane Pagencraft120infirm?
Martha Camel110ditto?
Jane Holloway80Imbecile?
Sarah Jones200ditto?
Susan Hurt90ditto?
Catherine Brice120ditto?
Eleanor Murphy250Imbecile and cripple?
Martha Townsend190Imbecile?
Mary Ann Cummins159ditto?
Ann Spinks60ditto?
Elizabeth Duffield60ditto?
Catherine Hill50ditto?
Israel Israel230Idiot?
Aaron Kemp200ditto?
Thomas Walker300Imbecile?
Charles Titehouse86Infirm?
Charles Franks60ditto?
John Cantor70ditto?
John Collins50ditto?
William Collins60Imbecile?
John Beck60Infirm?
Joseph Dickenson90Idiot?
David Bain1310Infirm?
William Humphrey124Idiot?
Henry Smith111Infirm?
Robert Taylor54Cripple?
Isaac Detnon58ditto?
George Ellis69Infirm?
Lambert Harford56ditto?
Samuel Manshee63ditto?
Robert Melsom51ditto?
William Cummins50Idiot?
William Heath180ditto?
John Chance70Infirm?
Edmond Atkinson160ditto?
Thomas Miller180Cripple?
Robert Church120Idiot?
William Jackson50Infirm?
Sarah Hicks100ditto?
Elizabeth Curtis50ditto?
Dennis Hindle100ditto?
Jeremiah Conolly60Infirm?

Note - with regard to inmates having being brought up in a workhouse school, this return noted that 'Most of theparties are imbecile or childish, and it is impossible to procure this information.'

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