Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Sleaford Union, Lincolnshire, 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
James Askew90Paralyzedno.
Mary Bacon130Illegitimate childrenno.
Mary Brompton230Imbecilityno.
Effias Collingwood230dittono.
Richard Dowse210dittono.
Joseph Elkington50Ageno.
Mary Harrod110Blindno.
Elizabeth Hall230dittono.
Mary Isaacs230Imbecilityno.
Robert Matthews100Ageno.
Mary Otter230Imbecilityno.
John Pearson180Paralyzedno.
Henry Pearson180dittono.
Hannah Potterton160Imbecilityno.
Alice Rawlinson160dittono.
William Roberts140Ageno.
Ann Watson70dittono.

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