Norfolk: Poor Law
Norwich Incorporation (to 1863)
& Norwich Union (from 1863)
- 1710/1 - Norwich Incorporation was formed by a local Act of Parliament.
- c.1712 - House of Industry used was on Bridge Street - this was the Blackfriars Hall complex. St Andrews Hill/George Street, NR3 1AU, [Map reference is TG2315008821]. Buildings also called "Duke's Palace Workhouse".
- 1725-1901 Leases of Pesthouse (for poor) near St Augustines Gate. This is "Lazar House", Gilman Road/Magdalen Road, NR3 4JB, - NRO has records.
- 1827 - Norwich Workhouse Amendment Act.
- 1834 - Incorporation status kept.
- 1859 - Workhouse at Bowthorpe Road, Norwich (at Heigham), NR2 3UD, [Map reference is TG209088].
- 1863 - Incorporation dissolved.
- 1863 - Norwich Union formed (July).
- St. Mary-in-the-Marsh (Cathedral Close &c.) joined.
- The area (previously extra parochial) called Castle Precincts which comprised "Shire Hall, County Goal and House of Correction" joined.
- Heigham split into districts of "North Heigham" and "South Heigham".
- Parish of St. Clement denoted as "Clement (within)" and "Clement (without)" in some records.
- 1930 - Union dissolved.
- 1933 - Kelly's directory describes it under "Public Assistance Committee" as "The Public Assistance Institution, Bowthorpe Road completed in 1859 and 1860 will hold 1030 inmates (inclusive of infirmary)". A new Infirmary (female wing) was erected in 1910 for 119 patients. Total accomodation for the sick is 280. Headquarters and Receiving homes, Turner Road. Scattered Homes :- Brooklyn, 58 Earlham Road; Llandaf House, Grove Road; (No 1) 10, North Walsham Road; (No 2) 12, North Walsham Road; (No 3) 96, Aylsham Road.
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933
- Now called "West Norwich Hospital".
- 1959 - Buildings mostly demolished.
Norwich Incorporation (and later Union)
consisted of the following:-
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).
- Pound, Dr John F.
- Norwich Census of the Poor 1570
Norfolk Record Society, Vol XL
Further information can be found:
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