Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wigan 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
Thomas Hill100Idiotno.
William Winstanley90Not able to workno.
Robert Gore50dittono.
Robert Bowker50Idiotno.
William Hall80Not able to workno.
Henry Makinson120Idiotno.
George Rollinson120Not able to workno.
Henry Ashurst120Old ageno.
John Brown90Lameno.
William Webster70Weak intellectno.
James Pennington90Blindno.
William Wigan190Idiotno.
John Baron100Blindno.
Thomas Melling80Not able to workno.
James Ashurst160dittono.
Arthur Christy190dittono.
Charles Appleton90dittono.
Elijah Whalley90Idiotno.
James Jones70Not able to workno.
James Ashton50dittono.
William Dean80Idiotno.
James Green70Not able to workno.
Ralph Wilcock70dittono.
John Houghton60dittono.
Thomas Molyneux90Blindno.
John Fisher100Not able to workno.
James King80Blindno.
James Gaskell70Not able to workno.
John Jolley110dittono.
Thomas Birtwistle130Idiotno.
Matthew Murtaugh60Paralysisno.
Gerard Delamer70Not able to workno.
Thomas Grahame50dittono.
Robert Gray50Old ageno.
Peter Markey50Not able to workno.
George Nolan50dittono.
Thomas Grime50dittono.
William McDonald90Paralysisno.
Isaac McDonald70Old ageno.
Agnes Simm320Weak intellectno.
Margaret Lowe70Not able to workno.
Ellen Melling50dittono.
Margaret Speakman60Weak intellectno.
Alice Chadwick100Old ageno.
Jane Fairhurst70Idiotno.
Mary Fairhurst70dittono.
Elizabeth Sherratt80Weak intellectno.
Tamar Cheetham60Idiotno.
Ann Worthington50Not able to workno.
Mary Tyrer120Idiotno.
Ann Banks110Weak intellectno.
Ellen Highton60dittono.
Mary Appleton130Old ageno.
Jane Bispham150Weak intellectno.
Sarah Bigham60Idiotno.
Jane Webster120Weak intellectno.
Elizabeth Glover140Not able to workno.
Mary Horrocks70dittono.
Elizabeth Nuttall90dittono.
Margaret Fairhurst80dittono.
Margaret Walker70dittono.
Mary McSorley90Weak intellectno.
Jane McCabe60Not able to workno.
Catherine Stafford60Lameno.
Ellen Dewhurst60Idiotno.
Sarah Green60Blindno.
Elizabeth Bolton90dittono.
Alice Westby60Weak intellectno.
Ellen Crook120Blindno.
Ann Hitchen130Lameno.
Mary Hill90Not able to workno.
Rosa Hill90Idiotno.
Jane Hart70Not able to workno.
Margaret Roughley150dittono.
Ann Calland80dittono.
Mary Baxter70dittono.
Salvina McEwe50dittono.
Elizabeth Rigby120Weak intellectno.
Jane Fisher100dittono.
Grace McManus70Lameno.
Catherine Pennington120Idiotno.
Rosa Brown70Lameno.
Elizabeth Atherton70Not able to workno.
Rachel Dixon50dittono.
Margaret Shevidan50dittono.
Martha Croston300Weak intellectno.

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