- 1834 - Swaffham Poor Law Union was formed.
- 1836 - Workhouse at Watton Road, Swaffham, PE37 7EN , [Map reference is TF824081].
- Description is in Whites 1845 directory
- 1930 - Union dissolved.
- 1933 - Kelly's directory has a section "Norfolk No 11 Area Guardians Committee" but old Union buildings are not mentioned.
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933
- The site (just off the Watton Road) is now under "The Oaklands" and other roads in a housing estate.
Before 1834 some of these parishes had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.
Poor Law Records - Images
Online images of some poor law registers, admissions books etc. from 1796 to 1900 are available at the
- 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."
Acts, descriptions, maps, some pictures etc. can be found at :-
www.workhouses.org.uk (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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