Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Ecclesall Bierlow 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
Alfred Bivens50Possesses very bad sightdist. school.
Hannah Buckley50Lame of both legsdist. school.
Ann Clark210Weak mind; idioticno.
John Cottingham90Old age; very infirmdist. school.
Thomas Crookes50dittodist. school.
Ann Dungworth120Weak mindno.
Henry Frost80dittodist. school.
Samuel Gooddy80Old agedist. school.
Mary Green180Sicknessdist. school.
Erasmus Kent50Old agedist. school.
Elizabeth Kent (wife)50dittodist. school.
John Leadbeater140Weak eyes; unable to workdist. school.
Joseph Parker200Weak minddist. school.
Thomas Pemberton210dittono.
Harriot Stacey170dittono.
John Wilkinson60Sickness; asthmano.
Mary Walker140Deaf and dumbdeaf and dumb school.
Charlotte Sampson220Nearly blind; old ageno.

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