Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Shifnal Union, Shropshire, 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.
|Emanuel Fenn||24||0||Not able-bodied; destitution incurably ruptured; partially deaf and dumb.||unknown.|
|Elizabeth Easthope||23||0||A harmless idiot; incapable of learning.||no.|
|John Smith||9||0||Incurable disease; fistula. Respectably connected but disowned by his relatives and friends, owing to his profligacy in early life; educated in a classical school.||no.|
|Joseph Farnall||8||0||Chronic rheumatism of long standing.||no.|
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