The Poor Law Unions classified as being within Warwickshire, include Alcester, Aston, Atherstone, Birmingham, Coventry, Foleshill
Meriden, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Southam, Stratford and Warwick.
Summary of Results.
Pauper inmates of Workhouse establishments in the Registration County number 6,284 persons of all ages, 3,542 Males and 2,742 Females. These represent approximately 0.7% of the general population, the % rate having remained nearly stationary since 1891.
At advanced ages the proportion is far higher; at 55 years and upwards the % is 3.7% and at 65 years and upwards is 6.1%.
Prisoners in Local and Convict Prisons in the Registration County number 679, against 533 in 1891. Of these 560 are Males and 119 Females.
The Blind, Deaf and Dumb
The number of persons returned as Blind is 784, and of these 39 suffer from some other Infirmity also. This compares with 534 in 1891.
Deaf and Dumb persons including 32 returned simply as Dumb, number 607, against 392 in 1891 and increase of 215. Of these 607 persons 18 suffer from some other Infirmity also.
Lunatics number 1,619, including 17 afflicted with some other Infirmity also; and the Imbecile and Feeble-minded 1,339, including 24 otherwise afflicted. The total of these classes is 2,958 as
against 2,230 in 1891.
In comparing these figures, however, attention must be paid to the fact that the eading to the Infirmities Column of the Census Schedule was not uniform at the two Censuses.
In 1891 the words adopted were "Lunatic, Imbecile or Idiot" and this expression might have led to more frequent concealment of cases of mental derangement than the form of words adopted at the recent Census, when Occupiers were instructed to describe the afflicted person either under the title of Lunatic or under that of Imbecile, feeble minded.
For these reasons a calculation of the increase per-cent on the population would be misleading. It may be noted that, of the 2,958 persons returned as mentally deranged, 2,205 were the
inmates of institutions, including 1,643 in Public and Private Lunatic Asylums, 557 in Workhouses, and 5 in another Institution,
the remaining 753 were residing with relatives or in unlicensed houses.
Of the 557 mentally deranged persons enumerated in Workhouses, 152 were returned as Lunatics and 405 as Imbecile, or Feeble-minded; and of the 753 not enumerated in Institutions, 26 were returned as Lunatics and 727 as Imbecile or Feeble-minded.
Source: Submitted by Alan Longbottom
From Census Statistical Volume 1901
County of Warwick in PP 1902 Vol CXXI Cd 1,175
Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy
|p 255 J - Workhouses, List of those visited in 1867
With Name of the Workhouse and numbers of
insane, idiotic, and imbecile inmates
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Source: From PP 1867/68 Vol XXXI pp 1-301
Twenty Second Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy
to the Lord Chancellor. Submitted by Alan Longbottom
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