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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Leek Union, Staffordshire, 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.

Olave Barber100Insaneno.
Mary Brooks73Subject to fitsno.
Jeremiah Hilliard220Idioticworkh. school.
Jesse Meakin66Idiotic, and subject to fitsno.
Elizabeth Mellor80Idioticno.
Esther Moss220dittoworkh. school.
Mary Mottershead99Subject to epileptic fitsno.
Matthew Smith220Blindnessno.
James Smith103Infirm and rupturedno.
James Speight80Idioticworkh. school.
Harriet Thompson109dittono.
Ann Wilshaw63Age and infirmityno.
Jane Nadin70Idioticno.

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