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Help and advice for Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act

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Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act

Henstead Union

Union history

  • 1834 - Henstead Poor Law Union was formed.
  • 1835 - Workhouse at Church Road, Swainsthorpe, NR14 8PS, [Map reference is TG212012].
  • 1845 - Description is in Whites directory under the Humbleyard Hundred section.
  • 1883 - Description is in Whites directory under the entry for Swainsthorpe.
  • 1930 - Union dissolved.
  • 1933 - Kelly's directory has under the section "Norfolk No 5 Area Guardians Committee" - "The Swainsthorpe Institution built 1836 has been adapted for 171 cases of senile dementia. The Wicklewood Institution has taken over the ordinary inmates".
  • 1937 - Kelly's directory - similar to 1933 but called "Vale Institution".
  • 1948 - 1984 Called "The Vale Hospital" and now closed.
  • Converted into flats.

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

Henstead Union
Pre 1834
Parish Work House
Bracon Ash 
Caistor St. Edmund 
Carleton, East
  (East Carleton)
Framingham Earl 
Framingham Pigot 
Kirby Bedon 
Melton, Great
  (Great Melton
  or Melton Magna)
Henstead Union
Pre 1834
Parish Work House
Melton, Little
  (Little Melton
  or Melton Parva)
Mulbarton WkHse
Poringland, Great
  (Great Poringland
  or East Poringland)
Poringland, Little
  (Little Poringland
  or West Poringland)
Rockland St. Mary 
Shotesham All Saints WkHse
Shotesham St. Mary
  & St. Martin
Stoke Holy Cross 
Trowse (or
  Trowse Newton)

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