Norfolk: Poor Law


Kings Lynn Incorporation

Incorporation history

  • 1682 - The parish of St. Margaret used as a Workhouse the building called St James' hospital which was in a former chapel.
  • 1701 - Kings Lynn Incorporation was formed by an Act of Parliament. It consisted of the parishes of All Saints and St. Margaret's (and used its workhouse).
  • c.1776 - Additional WorkHouse in All Saints parish (South Lynn).
  • 1835 - Became Kings Lynn Union
  • Description is in Whites 1845 directory.

After 1835 these parishes moved as shown :-

Places1835 Union
    King's Lynn, All Saints [alias South Lynn]Kings Lynn
    King's Lynn, St. MargaretKings Lynn

Poor Law Records - Images

Online images of some poor law registers, admissions books etc. from 1796 to 1900 are available at the

  • LDS familysearch website https://www.familysearch.org/ (UK+Ireland records section)
  1. Go down the "Historical Record Collections"
  2. Select Title - "England, Norfolk Poor Law Union Records, 1796-1900"
  3. Select "Browse through xxx images"
  4. Under County pick - "Norfolk"
  5. Under Poor Law Union select the "Required Union"
  6. Records are under headings such as "District, Workhouse & Unknown etc."
  7. Alternatively use a search engine for "familysearch" "Norfolk Poor Law Union Records"

Other Websites

Acts, descriptions, maps, some pictures etc. can be found at :-
                www.workhouses.org.uk (The Story of Workhouses).

Further information can be found:

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

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Copyright © Mike Bristow.
January 2011