Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has recently added a new collection of workhouse related records for England and Wales, as sourced from information gathered by Peter Higginbotham.
England and Wales, Long-Term Workhouse Inmates, 1861
Source: Long-Term Workhouse Inmates, 1861, Peter Higginbotham, workhouses.org.uk
Here’s the relevant part of the description:
On 29th June 1860, The House of Commons ordered that the name of every adult pauper in each workhouse in England and Wales, who had been an inmate for a continuous period of 5 years or more, was to be recorded. The report was printed on 30 July 1861 and listed 14,216 adults. When compared with the total workhouse population of approximately 67,800 adult workhouse inmates (excluding vagrants) the percentage of long term inmates was just over 21%.
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’.
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