Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Boston Union, Lincolnshire, 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 Baines160Partially idiotic and infirmno.
Eliza Haw130Lamenessyes.
Mary Rose170Infirmity of mindno.
Betsy Scotney130Blindnessyes.
Hannah Smith70Idioticno.
Thomas Thooley60Infirmity of bodyno.
Maria Jillson140Old ageno.
Elizabeth Vines170Insaneno.
Rebecca Willson50Idioticno.
Harriet Bryant180Infirmity of mindyes.
Mary Robinson90Lamenessno.
Elith Richardson170Infirmity of bodyyes.
John Humble90Having fits, and old ageno.
John Kyme90Having fitsno.
John Bennett90dittono.
Elizabeth Sharpe120Having illegitimate children dependent upon herno.
Edward Fox60Lamenessno.
Elizabeth Chantry180Infirmity of mind and bodyyes.
Thomas Hurst170Defective speech and lamenessno.
Martha Holdsworth170Insane, harmlessno.
Joseph Jefferry110Blindnessno.
Henry Mittam70Old ageno.
Thomas Williamson50Fits and idioticno.

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