Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Gateshead Union, County Durham, 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
Rebecca Todd190Insaneno.
Ann Laws120dittono.
Eleanor Hailes220Lame, unable to work.no.
William Ingleby120Loss of parents, weak intellect.workh. school.
Elizabeth Elliott90Deaf and dumbno.
John Parkin130Loss of sightno.
Elizabeth Bowlt100Imbecileno.
Mary Parker70Insaneno.
Samuel Thynn60Ruptureno.
James Sunter116Paralyticno.
George Squires110Ulcers in the legsno.
Jonas Laws70Asthmaticno.
Matthew Bright130Dropsyno.

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