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Help and advice for Norfolk: Poor Law

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Norfolk: Poor Law

Mitford and Launditch Incorporation 1775 - 1835

Incorporation history

  • 1775 - Mitford and Launditch Incorporation was formed by an Act of Parliament.
  • Originally site was called Chapel Farm.
  • 1777 - Opened 7th July - House of Industry at Gressenhall, East Dereham, NR30 4DR, [Map reference is TF974170].
  • 1785 - Burials started in the area now covered by the orchard.
  • 1834 - Farm renamed "Union Farm".
  • 1835 - Mitford and Launditch Incorporation dissolved.
  • Description is in Whites 1845 directory.
  • c. 1835 - Became Mitford and Launditch Union

Except where indicated all the parishes joined this Incorporation c.1775. After 1835 these parishes moved as shown :-

Places 1835 Union
Beeston (cum Bittering) Mitford and Launditch
Beetley Mitford and Launditch
Bilney, East
  (East Bilney)
Mitford and Launditch
Bittering Parva
  (Little Bittering)
Mitford and Launditch
Brisley Mitford and Launditch
Colkirk Mitford and Launditch
Cranworth Mitford and Launditch
Dereham, East
  (East Dereham)
  (1776-1801) (*)
Mitford and Launditch
Dunham, Great
  (Great Dunham)
Mitford and Launditch
Dunham, Little
  (Little Dunham)
Mitford and Launditch
Elmham, North
  (North Elmham)
Mitford and Launditch
Fransham, Great
  (Great Fransham)
Mitford and Launditch
Fransham, Little
  (Little Fransham)
Mitford and Launditch
Garveston Mitford and Launditch
Gateley Mitford and Launditch
Gressenhall Mitford and Launditch
Hardingham Mitford and Launditch
Hockering Mitford and Launditch
Hoe Mitford and Launditch
Horningtoft Mitford and Launditch
Kempston Mitford and Launditch
Letton Mitford and Launditch
Lexham, East
  (East Lexham)
Mitford and Launditch
Places 1835 Union
Lexham, West
  (West Lexham)
Mitford and Launditch
Litcham Mitford and Launditch
Longham Mitford and Launditch
Mattishall Mitford and Launditch
Mattishall Burgh Mitford and Launditch
Mileham Mitford and Launditch
Oxwick Mitford and Launditch
Pattesley Mitford and Launditch
Reymerston Mitford and Launditch
Rougham Mitford and Launditch
Scarning Mitford and Launditch
Shipdham Mitford and Launditch
Southburgh Mitford and Launditch
Stanfield Mitford and Launditch
Swanton Morley Mitford and Launditch
Thuxton Mitford and Launditch
Tittleshall Mitford and Launditch
Tuddenham, East
  (East Tuddenham)
Mitford and Launditch
Tuddenham, North
  (North Tuddenham)
Mitford and Launditch
Weasenham All Saints Mitford and Launditch
Weasenham St. Peter Mitford and Launditch
Wellingham Mitford and Launditch
Wendling Mitford and Launditch
Westfield Mitford and Launditch
Whinburgh Mitford and Launditch
Whissonsett Mitford and Launditch
Wood Rising Mitford and Launditch
Worthing Mitford and Launditch
Yaxham Mitford and Launditch

Notes

  • 1. (*) indicates a workhouse at East Dereham before it joined (and after it left) the Union. See the Workhouses before 1834 page for further details.

Books

Reid, Andy
The Union Workhouse
[ISBN: 0-85033-914-6: Phillimore, 1994]
Pope, Stephen
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse: A History of the Buildings and the People Who Lived and Worked in Them
[ISBN: 0-94614-874-0: Poppyland Publishing, 2006]
Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse: History and Guide
[ISBN: 0-903101-76-9: Jarrold, 2007]

Poor Law Records - Images

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

  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."

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.
June 2016