08 July 2017

Ancestry adds England and Wales, Long-Term Workhouse Inmates, 1861

A database with every workhouse inmate who has been resident there for five or more years in 1861. There are 14,216 inmates named, 6,569 males and 7,647 females.
31 had been inmates for 50 or more years, the longest 70 years.
5,932 were there owing to old age and infirmity, 4,989 due to mental disease, 924 due to bodily disease.

For each union, the list shows:
'The Name of every Adult Pauper who has been an Inmate of the Workhouse during a continuous Period of Five Years'.
'The Amount of Time that each of such Paupers shall have been in the Workhouse'
'The reasons assigned why the Pauper in each case is unable to maintain Himself, or Herself'.
'Whether or not the Pauper has been brought up in a District or Workhouse School'.

Ancestry credits the original data to Peter Higginbotham of workhouses.org.uk. The data is from a parliamentary publication.

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