Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Macclesfield Union, Cheshire, 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
Joseph Chadwick76Infirmityno.
William Johnson150Imbecilityno.
William Mellor60Infirmityno.
John Chappel76dittono.
James Dickens56Imbecilityno.
Ann Cragg150Sicknessno.
Hannah Heathcote120dittono.
Jane Lawton90Epilepsyno.
Mary Ann Andrews120imbecilityno.
Sarah Barratt76dittono.
Ann Barker176Infirmityno.
Catherine Cartwright70Sicknessno.
Mary Hulme53Imbecilityno.
Ann Goostry53dittono.
Mary Ann Hall100dittono.
Eliza Mott53Infirmityno.
William Hall116dittono.
Thomas Standring83dittono.
John Davenport150Imbecilityno.
Martha Illingsworth 50Sicknessno.

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