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Help and advice for Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act

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Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act

Swaffham Union

Union history

  • 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.

Swaffham Union
Pre 1834
Parish Work House
Acre, South
  (South Acre)
Ashill WkHse
Bradenham, East
  (East Bradenham)
Bradenham, West
  (West Bradenham)
Buckenham near Tofts
  (Buckenham Parva)
  (Cockley Cley)
Cressingham, Great
  (Great Cressingham)
Cressingham, Little
  (Little Cressingham)
Foulden WkHse
Gooderstone WkHse
Swaffham Union
Pre 1834
Parish Work House
Holme Hale 
Ickburgh (Igborough) 
Necton WkHse
Newton by Castleacre 
Pickenham, North
  (North Pickenham)
Pickenham, South
  (South Pickenham)
Saham Toney WkHse
Sporle with Palgrave WkHse
Stanford WkHse
Swaffham WkHse

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