Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Leigh Union, Lancashire, 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
William Rawson150Age and infirmityno.
Maria Peters80Imbecileno.
James Battersby110Could not see to work at his tradeno.
James Charlson60Imbecileno.
George Orme90Age and infirmityno.
James Prescott100Infirmityno.
Martha Ratcliffe150Imbecileno.
Mary Ann Higginson310Idiotno.
Alice Bromley80Sicknessno.
Ellen Glover110Rheumatismno.
Mary Hestford150Imbecileno.
Ann Ratcliffe120Paralysisno.
Ann Mart80Imbecileno.
David Potter120Age and infirmityno.
Richard Young100dittono.
Ralph Knight50dittono.
James Smith70Infirmityno.
John Irlam80Could not see to work at his tradeno.
John Stirrup70Infirmityno.
Sarah Higson50Spinal affectionno.
Catherine Poster170Idiotno.
Richard Bromley140Age and infirmityno.

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