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Long-term Workhouse Inmates in South Shields Union, County Durham, 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.

Ann Vasey200Blindno.
John Wake220Nearly blindno.
Mary Allen160Imbecileno.
Eleanor Blythe80Old ageno.
Ann Crawford100Crippleno.
William Storey120Old ageno.
Elizabeth Phillips100dittono.
Andrew Rutherford90dittono.
Margaret Davison70Idiotno.
William Nesbitt60Old ageno.
Elizabeth Lightfoot150Imbecileno.
Mary Lawson200dittono.
Ann Lawson200dittono.
James Boyd150Paralyticno.
Jane Jellies100Old ageno.
William Lee80Lunaticno.
Elizabeth Pattinson80Asthmaticno.
George S. Wood70Idiotno.
Margaret Nevett70Deafno.
Mary A. Hamilton70Imbecileno.
Fanny Younger60Paralyticno.

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