Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Wellingborough Union, Northamptonshire, 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
Ann Pierce50Age and infirmityno.
Thomas Rivett200Age and infirmity, and palsyno.
Mary Brooks60dittono.
Ruth Hickman100dittono.
Charles Brown100Idiot (harmless)no.
Thomas Lovell70Crippleno.
William Sanderson100Imbecileno.
Fanny Ward110Palsyno.
Rebecca Sargent50Age and infirmityno.
Peter Smyth200Deaf and dumbno.
Mary Nutt200Imbecileno.
Thomas Roberts200Age and infirmityno.
Ann Bays200Imbecileno.
John Darden80Age and infirmityno.
James Leech120Crippleno.
John Nobles150Age and infirmityno.
Louisa Lawson200Imbecileno.

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