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Help and advice for Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act

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Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act

Freebridge-Lynn Union

Union history

  • 1834 - Freebridge-Lynn Poor Law Union was formed.
  • 1836 - Workhouse at Eastgate House, Eastgate Drove, Gayton, PE32 1QF, [Map reference is TF736211].
  • Description is in Whites 1845 directory
  • 1930 - Union dissolved.
  • 1933 - Kelly's directory has under the section "Norfolk No 8 Area Guardians Committee" - "The Institution built 1836 to house 131 inmates".
  • 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933 - but under "King's Lynn" entry.
  • 1930 - 1948 - "Public Assistance institution.
  • 1948 - 1963 - County Home for old people.
  • 1964 - Building sold called "Eastgate House".

Before 1834 some of these parishes had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.

Freebridge-Lynn Union
Pre 1834
Parish Work House
Acre, West
  (West Acre)
Bilney, West
  (West Bilney)
Castle Acre WkHse
Castle Rising WkHse
Flitcham cum Appleton 
Gayton WkHse
Gayton Thorpe 
Gaywood WkHse
Harpley WkHse
Massingham, Great
  (Great Massingham)
Massingham, Little
  (Little Massingham)
Freebridge-Lynn Union
Pre 1834
Parish Work House
Newton, West 
Roydon (near
  King's Lynn)
Runcton, North
  (North Runcton)
Walton, East
  (East Walton)
Winch, East
  (East Winch)
Winch, West
  (West Winch)
Wolferton (or Wolverton) 
Wootton, North
  (North Wootton)
Wootton, South
  (South Wootton)

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 :-
       (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.
May 2011