Norfolk: Poor Law


Tunstead and Happing Incorporation 1785-1869

Incorporation history

  • 1785 - Tunstead and Happing Incorporation was formed by an Act of Parliament.
  • House of Industry was in Workhouse Road (off Union Road), Smallburgh, NR12 9NJ, [Map reference is TG326243].
  • 1834 - Incorporation status kept.
  • Description is in Whites 1845 directory
  • 1851 and 1861 Census - List of people in the Workhouse. See the Smallburgh parish page.
  • 1869 Sept. - Became Smallburgh Union.

Before 1785 some of these parishes marked had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.

Places 1869 Union
Ashmanhaugh Smallburgh
Bacton Smallburgh
Barton Turf Smallburgh
Beeston St Lawrence Smallburgh
Bradfield Smallburgh
Brumstead Smallburgh
Catfield Smallburgh
Crostwight Smallburgh
Dilham Smallburgh
Eccles by the Sea Smallburgh
Edingthorpe Smallburgh
Felmingham Smallburgh
Happisburgh Smallburgh
Hempstead (near Stalham) Smallburgh
Hickling Smallburgh
Honing Smallburgh
Horning Smallburgh
Horsey-next-the-Sea Smallburgh
Hoveton St John Smallburgh
Hoveton St Peter Smallburgh
Ingham Smallburgh
Irstead Smallburgh
Lessingham Smallburgh
Places 1869 Union
Ludham Smallburgh
Neatishead Smallburgh
  (Sea Palling)

(Pre 1785 WkHse)

Potter Heigham Smallburgh
Ridlington Smallburgh
Ruston, East
  (East Ruston)
  (or South Ruston)
Sloley Smallburgh
Smallburgh Smallburgh
Stalham Smallburgh
Sutton Smallburgh
Swafield Smallburgh
Tunstead Smallburgh
Walcott Smallburgh
Waxham Smallburgh
Westwick Smallburgh
Witton (near
  North Walsham)
Worstead Smallburgh

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.
November 2011