Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wolstanton and Burslem 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
Aaron Leese200Of imbecile mind 
Edward Hind200ditto 
Richard Hughes120Aged and infirmity 
Emma Cooke180Of imbecile mindyes.
Sarah Hughes170Infirmity 
Emma Clare60Of imbecile mindyes.
John Hancock160Aged and very infirm 
William Turner60A cripple 
John Capper190Aged and infirmity 
Joshua Barnett60ditto 
James Spilsbury60Partially disabled and aged 
John Moss220Imbecile mind and a cripple 
Samuel Heywood180Aged and very infirm 
Jane Turner220Aged and infirmity 
Hannah Harper160Imbecile mind and a cripple 
John Myatt96Aged and lame 
John Daniel300Defective intellect and partial infirmity; was born and bred in the workhouse 
Charles Mellor120Infirmity 
Bernard McLocklin70ditto 
Alice Radly60ditto 
Hannah Wootten80Not fond of workyes.
Thomas Grey120Infirmity 
Richard Taylor120Aged and infirmity 
Ann Yale60ditto 
James Roddy90Blind and aged 
Peter Leech120Infirmity 
James Goddard90ditto 

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