Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act


Great Yarmouth Union 1837-1930

Workhouse and Union history

  • 1837 (March) - Great Yarmouth Poor Law Union created.
  • Used the previous Workhouse of Great Yarmouth Borough which was the old "Hospital of St Mary".
  • 1838 - New Workhouse built at 150 Caister Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1BU, [Map reference is TG526087]
  • 1891 - Gorleston added.
  • 1930 - Union dissolved.
  • 1933 - Kelly's directory has under "Public Assistance Committee" - "The Institution, 150a, Caister Road is now available for 500 inmates".
  • 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933
  • "Northgate Hospital" is now on the site of Workhouse.
PlacesPre 1837 Union,
or Parish Work House
Great YarmouthGreat Yarmouth
Parish Work House
Gorleston (from 1891)
(inc. South Town alias West Town
or Little Yarmouth)
Mutford and
Lothingland Incorporation

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.
May 2011