Norfolk Poor Law before 1834


Acle Gilbert Union

This included the parishes of Acle, Beighton, Buckenham Ferry, Burlingham St Andrew, Burlingham St Edmund, Burlingham St Peter, Cantley, Fishley, Freethorpe, Halvergate, Hassingham, Limpenhoe, Lingwood, Moulton St Mary, Ranworth-with-Panxworth, Reedham, Southwood, Tunstall, Upton, Wickhampton and Woodbastwick

Union history

  • 1782 - Gilbert's Act allowed parishes to join together and run a workhouse. This was for the old, the sick and the infirm.
  • 1788 - Acle Gilbert Union formed containing Acle and 6 other parishes.
    • House of Industry built at Acle.
  • 1794 - 25th March - Tunstall made a payment to Industry house [Ref. NRO - PD 353/11 Overseers Accounts 1794-1833].
  • 1807 - Michaelmas (29/Sept) - By this date parish of Beighton was paying half yearly payments to "Acle" House [Ref. Overseers Accounts 1807-1884].
  • 1825 - 29th Sept - Wickhampton makes earliest recorded payment (in these accounts) to Acle house [Ref. NRO - PD 352/20 Overseers Accounts 1786-1826].
  • 1832 - By this date 14 other parishes had joined this Union.
  • 1834 - This House of Industry was burnt down in Nov. 1834.
  • 1834 - Blofield Poor Law Union formed and its Lingwood Workhouse opened 1836.
  • c. 1834
  • Description is in Whites 1845 directory.

After 1834 these parishes moved as shown :-

Places 1834 Union or
Acle Blofield
Beighton Blofield
Buckenham Ferry Blofield
Burlingham St Andrew Blofield
Burlingham St Edmund (*) Blofield
Burlingham St Peter Blofield
Cantley Blofield
Fishley Blofield
Freethorpe Blofield
Halvergate Blofield
Hassingham Blofield
Places 1834 Union or
Limpenhoe Blofield
Lingwood Blofield
Moulton St Mary Blofield
Ranworth -with- Panxworth Blofield
Reedham (*) Blofield
Southwood Blofield
Tunstall Blofield
Upton Blofield
Wickhampton Blofield
Woodbastwick Blofield

(*) indicates a workhouse at this place before it joined the Union. See the Workhouses before 1834 page for further details.

Further information can be found:

See also the Poor Law page and the Post 1834 Unions page

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March 2015