Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act
- 1834 - Erpingham Poor Law Union was formed.
- 1834 - Old workhouses at Gimingham and Sheringham
(for the aged and infirm) used. Sold in 1850 and converted
to cottages (according to White's 1883 directory). Workhouses at
North Walsham and Holt (till c.1836) also taken over
for use by the Union.
- 1836 - Union split into 3 districts :- ie.
- Cromer District contained the following parishes :-
Aldborough, Aylmerton, Baconsthorpe, Barningham-Norwood,
Barningham-Winter, Beeston Regis, Bessingham,
Cromer, East Beckham, Felbrigg, Gresham, Hanworth, Matlaske,
Metton, Plumstead, Overstrand, Roughton, Runton, Sheringham,
Sustead, Thurgarton and West Beckham.
- Holt District contained the following parishes:-
Bayfield, Bodham, Briston, Cley-next-the-Sea, Edgefield,
Glandford, Hempstead (by Holt), Holt, Hunworth, Kelling,
Letheringsett, Salthouse, Stody, Thornage and Weybourne.
- North Walsham District contained the following parishes:-
Antingham, Gimingham, Gunton, Knapton, Mundesley, North Repps,
North Walsham, Sidestrand, South Repps, Suffield,
Thorpe Market, Trimingham and Trunch.
- 1850- New workhouse at Mill Road, West Beckham, [Map reference is TG147386].
Postal Address is "Beckham Palace", Mill Road, Gresham, NR11 8RN
- Description is in
Whites 1845 directory
- 1884 - In March of that year North Walsham left and joined
- 1930 - Union dissolved.
- 1933 - Kelly's directory lists it following the heading "Norfolk No 1 Guardians
Committee" as "The West Beckham Institution". Described as "The Institution
built in 1851, but partially destroyed on 1st April 1888. The Chapel of the Holy
Trinity was erected in 1868". A children's home situated at Gresham is also
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933.
- 2005 - Now derelict for many years. Has also been called "Beckham House".
Before 1834 some of these parishes belonged to Gilbert Unions,
Incorporations or had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.
Where "Aldb-GU" = Aldborough Gilbert Union, "Gim-GU" = Gimingham Gilbert Union
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).
Guardians Minute Books
These contain a wealth of information about the workings of each Union
including expenditure, suppliers, officials and paupers.
For more information (including transcriptions and indexes to names) see the
Minutes of Board Meetings of the Erpingham Union Poor Law Guardians
Further information can be found:
See also the
Poor Law page and the
Post 1834 Unions page
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