Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act
- 1834 - Walsingham Poor Law Union was formed.
- 1838 - Workhouse was at Great Snoring and located at a junction (west of Thursford Common and north of Vinepark Farm) on the Thursford to Little Walsingham Road where the side road goes to Great Snoring, c. NR21 0PB, [Map reference is TF967352]. Also known as "Thursford Workhouse".
- Description is in Whites 1845 directory
- 1869 - Parishes of Brinton, Burgh Parva and Melton Constable joined this Union. These were all in the former Brinton Gilbert Union indicated by "Brinton-GU" in the table below.
- 1930 - Union dissolved.
- 1933 - Kelly's directory has under "Norfolk No. 7 Guardians Committee" the "The Walsingham Institution erected in 1837 will hold 200 inmates".
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933. Under "Little Snoring" is a Children's Home called "Red House".
- 1950 (publ. 1952) - Marked as "Smallpox Hospital" on OS 6inch map "XVI - NE".
- 1960's - Building demolished.
- Marked as "Thursford Castle" on some maps.
Before 1834 some of these parishes belonged to Gilbert Unions, Incorporations or 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
- 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).
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