Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Dewsbury Union, West Riding of Yorkshire, 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
John Burnley50Old age and infirmity; imperfect eyesightno.
David Hargreaves50Idioticno.
Martha Fleming50Imbecilityno.
John Asquith50Old ageno.
Mary Newton50dittono.
Hannah Shaw50Paralysisno.
Benjamin Crossland50Old age and rheumatismno.
Thomas Clough50Old age and encysted tumour on the thighno.
William Whitehead50Partial lunacyno.
Mary Ann Wigglesworth60Old ageno.
Jeremiah Lee50dittono.
William Brook60Old age and general weaknessno.
Robert Rinns60General debilityno.
Thomas North50Asthmano.
Thomas Lawford50Lame and general debilityno.
Mary Robinson50Weak intellectno.
Mary France60Crippleno.
Maria Cass60Weak intellectno.
Mary Bolton60Affection of the headno.
Thomas Rushforth60Crippleno.
Jane Jackson50Epilepsyno.
William Spurr60General debilityno.
Martha Lee50Weak intellectno.
Rachel Wilby60dittono.
Sarah Gunson60Weak intellect; general debilityno.
Joseph Ellis50Tremulous debilityno.
John Pickersgill50dittono.
John Lodge50Old age; partial lunacyno.
George Whitaker60Weak -intellectno.
Joshua Lee60dittono.
Susannah Day50St Vitus's danceno.
Benjamin Rowley60Weak intellectno.
Samuel Halstead60dittono.
Margaret Douglas60Deaf and dumbno.
Joseph Worsley50Weak intellectno.
Jane Smith60dittono.
Martha Walker60Old ageno.
Joseph Daughtry50dittono.
Thomas Jackson50dittono.

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