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Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act

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Walsingham Union

Union history

  • 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.

   
Walsingham Union
Places
Pre 1834 Union,
Incorporation
or Parish Work House
Alethorpe  
Bale (or Bathley)  
Barney  
Barsham, East
  (East Barsham)
 
Barsham, North
  (North Barsham)
 
Barsham, West
  (West Barsham)
 
Binham  
Blakeney  
Briningham  
Brinton (from 1869) Brinton-GU
(Pre 1869)
Burgh Parva (from 1869) Brinton-GU
(Pre 1869)
Cockthorpe  
Dunton cum Doughton  
Egmere  
Fakenham (or Fakenham Lancaster) WkHse
Field Dalling  
Fulmodeston cum Croxton  
Gunthorpe  
Helhoughton  
Hempton  
Hindringham  
Holkham WkHse
Houghton-in-the-Hole
  (Houghton St Giles)
 
Kettlestone  
Langham  
Melton Constable with
  Burgh Parva (from 1869)
Brinton-GU
(Pre 1869)
Morston  
Pensthorpe  
Pudding Norton  
Quarles  
Walsingham Union
Places
Pre 1834 Union,
Incorporation
or Parish Work House
Raynham, East
  (East Raynham
  or Rainham St. Mary)
WkHse
Raynham, South
  (South Raynham
  or Rainham St. Martin)
 
Raynham, West
  (West Raynham
  or Rainham St. Margaret)
WkHse
Ryburgh, Great
  (Great Ryburgh)
 
Ryburgh, Little
  (Little Ryburgh)
 
Saxlingham  
Sculthorpe  
Sharrington  
Shereford  
Snoring, Great
  (Great Snoring)
 
Snoring, Little
  (Little Snoring)
 
Stibbard  
Stiffkey  
Swanton-Novers  
Tatterford  
Tattersett  
Testerton  
Thursford  
Toftrees  
Walsingham, Great
  (Great Walsingham)
WkHse
Walsingham, Little
  (Little Walsingham)
WkHse
Warham All Saints WkHse
Warham St. Mary WkHse
Wells-next-the-Sea WkHse
Wighton WkHse
Wiveton  

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)
  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."
  7. Alternatively use a search engine for "familysearch" "Norfolk Poor Law Union Records"

Other Websites

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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Copyright © Mike Bristow.
June 2015