- 1834 - Downham Poor Law Union was formed.
- 1836 - Workhouse opened at Howdale Road, Downham Market, PE38 9AG, [Map reference TF613030]
- Description is in Whites 1845 directory
- 1895 - West Welney (That part of Welney in Cambridgeshire was transferred to Norfolk and created as a separate civil parish - note not ecclesiastical).
- 1896 - Downham West was a civil parish created from Downham Market.
- 1909 - Note that Nordelph (in Wisbech Union) was created from parts of Denver, Downham West, Outwell, Stow Bardolph and Upwell.
- 1930 - Union dissolved.
- 1933 - Kelly's directory lists it following the heading "Norfolk No 9 Guardians Committee" as "The Institution at the entrance of the town from the London Road, will hold 153 inmates".
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933.
- Also called "Howdale Home"
- 1968 - Many buildings demolished - some remain.
- Pre 2007 - "High Haven" a Residential Home was built on part of the site.
Before 1834 some of these parishes had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.
Poor Law Records - Images
Online images of some poor law registers, admissions books etc. from 1796 to 1900 are available at the
- Go down the "Historical Record Collections"
- Select Title - "England, Norfolk Poor Law Union Records, 1796-1900"
- Select "Browse through xxx images"
- Under County pick - "Norfolk"
- Under Poor Law Union select the "Required Union"
- Records are under headings such as "District, Workhouse & Unknown etc."
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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