Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act
Kings Lynn Union
- 1835 - Kings Lynn Poor Law Union was formed from all parishes in the Kings Lynn Incorporation and some other parishes.
- Used old workhouses St James' hospital in St. Margaret and one in All Saints parish (South Lynn)
- Description is in Whites 1845 directory.
- 1856 - New "St James Workhouse" opened. Location is at Extons Road, Kings Lynn, PE30 5NU, [Map reference is TF623198].
- 1930 - Union dissolved.
- 1933 - Kelly's directory has under the section "Norfolk No 8 Area Guardians Committee" - "Poor Law Institution, Exton's Road erected in 1856 will hold 468 inmates; a new wing was added in 1902; an infirmary is situated a short distance from the main building".
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933 but includes entry for Institution at Gayton (old Freebridge Lynn Union)
- 1940's - Called "St James' Hospital" (NHS).
- 1980's - Closed.
Before 1834 some of these parishes belonged to Gilbert Unions, Incorporations or had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.
|Kings Lynn Union|
|Pre 1834 Union,|
or Parish Work House
|King's Lynn, All Saints [alias South Lynn]||Kings Lynn-I|
|King's Lynn, St. Margaret||Kings Lynn-I|
|North Lynn (St Edmund)|
|West Lynn (St. Peter) [alias Old Lynn]|
Where "Kings Lynn-I" = Kings Lynn Incorporation.
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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