- 1835 - Thetford Poor Law Union was formed.
- Consisted of 20 Norfolk and 14 Suffolk parishes
- 1836 - Workhouse at Bury Road, Thetford, IP24 3EG, [Map reference TL870822].
- Description is in Whites 1845 directory
- 1858 - Feltwell Fen Farms (Wood's and Jacob's Farms) and Snarehill (comprising the hamlets of Great & Little Snarehill) joined sometime after this date.
- 1864 - Redmere and Feltwell-Anchor joined.
- 1866 - Redmere moved to Ely Union.
- 1902 - Gained parishes from Guiltcross Union.
- 1930 - Union dissolved.
- 1933 - Kelly's directory (under Swaffham) has a section "Norfolk No 11 Area Guardians Committee" which says "Thetford Institution erected in 1836 has room for about 170 inmates and has a chapel adjoining". Also mentioned is a Children's Home in Old Market Street, Thetford.
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933
- 1940's - St Barnabas' Hospital.
- 1973 - Closed.
- 1974 - Demolished and housing built on site - area near St. Barnabas Close.
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).
* - Redmere (or Redmore) in Clackclose Hundred, was extra parochial. The "Extra Parochial places Act" (implemented in 1858) abolished this status and any remaining at this time became civil parishes.
Further information can be found:
See also the Poor Law page, the Post 1834 Unions page and the GENUKI Suffolk pages.
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