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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Drayton Union, Shropshire, 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.

Mary Barrow120Imbecilityno.
Joseph Beech150Lost a legno.
William Birchall250Imbecilityno.
Margaret Bragger60Idiocyno.
Sarah Churm400Subject to fitsno.
Thomas Crump50Chronic rheumatismno.
Eliza Fletcher50Imbecilityno.
Mary Jervis530Insanityno.
Mary Jones220Blind and helplessno.
Maria Lloyd70Chronic rheumatismno.
Sarah Morrey130Imbecilityno.
Harriet Parsonage50Idiocyno.
Margaret Randles220Crippleno.
Mary Roden110Chronic rheumatismno.
Sarah Scott300Cannot talk to be understoodno.
Jane Walters300Insanityno.

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