Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act
- 1835 - Guiltcross Poor Law Union was formed.
- 1836 - Workhouse built at Guilt Cross, Garboldisham Road, Kenninghall, NR16 2LJ , [Map reference TM019846]. Note postal address is "East Harling".
- 1836 - 26th Oct - Earliest weekly meeting for which records exist was held at "White Horse Inn", Kenninghall (Guardian's Minute Books).
- 1836 - Nov 9th - Minutes (P=Page no) note Bills for Workhouses (still in use) in the Union. These were at :-
- P17 - Banham
- P17 - Garboldisham
- P18 - South Lopham
- P19 - New Buckenham (Mrs Knights - mistress)
- P19 - Old Buckenham
- P20 - Kenninghall
- P21 - North Lopham
- 1836 - Nov 16th - Contracter (Mr John Darken) who was building new Workhouse requested part payment - cheque for £642 drawn (Page 28)
- 1836 - Nov 23rd - Migration Agent letter (Pages 31-34).
- 1836 - Dec 21st - Workhouse insured for £2500 (Page 74).
- Description is in Whites 1845 directory
- 1902 - March - Union dissolved. Parishes divided between Depwade, Thetford and Wayland Unions.
- 1905 - Inebriate Institution.
- 1916 - Guiltcross Institute for Mentally Defective Boys (gone by 1933).
- 1933 - Kelly's directory - nothing mentioned.
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933
- Most of the buildings now demolished (1 small range left).
Before 1834 some of these parishes had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.
Parish Work House
|Blo' Norton (W)||Thetford|
(New Buckenham) (E)
(Old Buckenham) (E)
(East Harling) (W)
(West Harling) (W)
(North Lopham) (W)
(South Lopham) (W)
|Roydon (near Diss) (E)||Depwade|
(E) = Eastern Division, (W) = Western Division
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)
- 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."
- Alternatively use a search engine for "familysearch" "Norfolk Poor Law Union Records"
Acts, descriptions, maps, some pictures etc. can be found at :-
www.workhouses.org.uk (The Story of Workhouses).
Further information can be found:
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