Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Manchester 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
John Armitt210Crippled, and unable to workno.
Elizabeth Ainsworth110Paralysis, and general infirmityno.
Jane Anderson90Fractured shoulder, and unable to workno.
Margaret Boyle130Deaf and dumbno.
Ann Bibby100Weak constitution, and general weaknessno.
Mary Bamford70Imbecilityno.
Mary Butterworth60General infirmityno.
Jane Barnes120Imbecilityno.
Elizabeth Brookes70Old age and infirmityno.
Mary Buckley70Impaired sight, and infirmityno.
James Bugnall50Paralysis and blindnessno.
Elizabeth Boyle60Rupturedno.
Hannah Blackledge50Paralysis and infirmityno.
Thomas Burns60Asthmatical, and generally infirmno.
Mary Baxter50Dislocation of hip-jointno.
Robert Bullock60Old age and infirmityno.
Edward Bates59Paralysis; wholly unable to workno.
Alice Barnes120Paralysisno.
James Beswick50Old age and infirmityno.
Thomas Chaytor70Deaf and dumbno.
Thomas Clegg60Rheumatism and pilesno.
Ann Chapman150Bedriddenno.
Ann Cardwell100Imbecilityno.
John Carr90Ruptured, and unable for heavy workno.
Ann Chadwick70Imbecilityno.
Patrick Concoran60Paralysis; wholly unable to workno.
Elizabeth Cooper60Imbecilityno.
John Casement60Old age and infirmityno.
Nicholas Dillon190Blind, deaf, and dumbno.
Martha Dobbs160Imbecilityno.
James Davenport150Impaired sight; married coupleno.
Margaret Davenport150dittono.
Catherine Daltrey60General debilityno.
Honor Dowd60Old age, and general infirmityno.
Thomas Dawson50Ruptured, and suffering from abscesses in the breastno.
Bridget Donelly60Asthma; unable to workno.
Sarah Edwards80Menorrhagiano.
Ellen Fowler120Blindno.
Bridget Flatherty100Bad legsno.
John Fitzpatrick60Asth matical, and generally infirmno.
Elizabeth Finch70dittono.
Ann Fletcher60Paralysis and bronchitisyes.
Sarah Fielding60Old age and infirmityno.
Bridget Farrall60Blind and infirmno.
Margaret Goodwin250Old age and infirmityno.
Mary Ann Gorton60Asthma, and general weaknessno.
James Grogan50Impaired sight, and old ageno.
Frances Grogan50Old age and infirmityno.
Alice Ginty70dittono.
Catherine Grainger70Impaired sight, and general weaknessno.
Margaret Gould60Paralysis and infirmityno.
Joseph Gildart60Old age and infirmityno.
Thomas Gould50Impaired sight, and rupturedno.
Joseph Hopkins70Paralysis; wholly a crippleno.
William Hatton130Imbecilityno.
Mary Harvey160Paralysis; bedriddenno.
David Howe130Imbecilityno.
Joseph Hawley140General infirmityno.
Thomas Hawkesworth60Paralysis; wholly unable to workno.
Henry Hilton90A cripple, and generally infirmno.
Joseph Hopwood90aralysis; wholly unable to workno.
David Holroyd60Impaired sightno.
Ruth Jones50Dropsyno.
Francis Jackson50Paralysis; wholly unable to workno.
Edward Keeley110Strumous diseaseno.
Sarah Kelly70Weak constitutionno.
Mary Keegan50Infirmity and debilityno.
Harriet Kennedy70Impaired sight, and infirmityno.
Peter Kelshaw60General debilityno.
Richard Lee340Weak mind, and a crippleno.
Charlotte Langshaw150Impaired sight, and general debilityno.
Elizabeth Leah130Old age and infirmityno.
Sarah Lees70dittono.
Catherine Lynch80dittono.
Margaret Molineux110Palsy and infirmityno.
Nanny Morgan60Imbecilityno.
Thomas McLoughlin120dittono.
Peter McKever80Diseased bonesno.
John McCowen80Old age and infirmityno.
Samuel Morton80dittono.
Mary Morris70Rheumatismno.
James McElroy70Asthmatical, and generally infirmno.
Alice McNamee70Old age and infirmityno.
Mary McKenna60dittono.
William Nevitt70Asthmatical, and generally infirmno.
Ellen Nuttall70Loss of leg, and infirmityno.
George Oates100Asthma and general weaknessno.
Robert Ogden90Old age and infirmityno.
James Oliver80Ulcerated leg and infirmityno.
Martha Priest50General infirmityno.
Elizabeth Parrott80Imbecilityno.
Thomas Pearson70Impaired sight and rheumatismno.
Thomas Platt70Ulcerated legno.
Sarah Renshaw90Old age and infirmityno.
Henry Reynolds100Dislocation of hip jointno.
Jane Roberts120Deaf and dumbno.
Mary Renshaw100General debilityno.
Elizabeth Rogers70Blind and general weaknessno.
Thomas Rhodes50Imbecilityno.
Thomas Smith80Paralysisno.
Margaret Shaw100Asthmatical, and unable to workno.
Elizabeth Sutton140Rheumatism and general debilityno.
Ann Stone130Imbecilityno.
Hannah Slater110Imbecile and a crippleno.
Patrick Shanley110Paralysis; wholly unable to workno.
Edward Stringer90dittono.
Jane Stott80Imbecilityno.
Margaret Steele80Rheumatismno.
John Sutton80Paralysisno.
Robert Smith80Lunacyno.
Sarah Smith70Bronchitisno.
Jacob Stott50Paralysis; wholly unable to workno.
William Tarron130Paralysisno.
Ralph Taylor50Imbecilityno.
Betty Thompson70Old age and infirmityno.
Nancy Turner50dittono.
Ann Vaughan70General infirmityno.
Elizabeth Webster50Blindno.
Jane Wood70Paralysis and general weaknessno.
Sarah Whittingstall140Rheumatism and infirmityno.
Ann Waterworth230Blind, and suffering from prolupsusno.
John Wilson110Paralysisno.
Matilda Walker120Imbecilityno.
Mary Williams70Rheumatism and infirmityno.
William Wheeler60Epilepsyno.
James Wharton60No work and no meansno.
John Walker60Asthmatical and infirmno.
Cecilia Williams50Blind and imbecileno.
John Doodson220Insanityunknown.
John Barlow90dittounknown.
Richard Mellor70dittounknown.
John Sudlow70dittounknown.
William Henry Ogden60di ittounknown.
Charles Bramhall60dittounknown.
Patrick Dowd60dittounknown.
James Hindle60dittounknown.
William Nelms50dittounknown.
John Higginbottom50dittounknown.
Martin Cornisky50dittono.
Ronald Mallow50dittono.
Patrick Sherridan50dittounknown.
Sarah Cook120dittounknown.
Elizabeth Hopwood120dittounknown.
Martha Hudson120dittounknown.
Maria Moffatt110dittounknown.
Ann McEwen50dittounknown.
Mary Ann Parr50dittounknown.
Ellen Renshaw100dittounknown.
Elizabeth Travis60dittounknown.
Ann J. Holleran60dittounknown.
Elizabeth Scholey50dittounknown.
Sarah Taylor50dittounknown.
Sarah A. Miller50dittounknown.
Hannah Jones100dittounknown.
Jane Yates100dittounknown.
Rebecca Coles60dittoyes.
Martha Ramsbottom160dittounknown.
Jane Kirwan140Scrofulayes.
Elizabeth Hall60Insanityunknown.
Ann Walker100dittounknown.
Elizabeth Williams70dittounknown.
Thomas Holgate50dittounknown.
Charles Paxton130An orphan, and has not yet had a situationyes.
Samuel Taylor110Insanityyes.
William McWalters90Deserted by father, and has not yet had a situationyes.
Jane Clarke140Insanityunknown.
Elizabeth Croft230dittounknown.

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