Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act
Kings Lynn Union
- 1835 - Kings Lynn Poor Law Union was formed from all parishes in
the Kings Lynn Incorporation
and some other parishes.
- Used old workhouses St James' hospital in St. Margaret and one in
All Saints parish (South Lynn)
- Description is in
Whites 1845 directory.
- 1856 - New "St James Workhouse" opened. Location is at
Extons Road, Kings Lynn, PE30 5NU, [Map reference is TF623198].
- 1930 - Union dissolved.
- 1933 - Kelly's directory has under the section "Norfolk No 8 Area
Guardians Committee" - "Poor Law Institution, Exton's Road erected in 1856
will hold 468 inmates; a new wing was added in 1902; an infirmary is
situated a short distance from the main building".
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933 but includes entry for Institution at
Gayton (old Freebridge Lynn Union)
- 1940's - Called "St James' Hospital" (NHS).
- 1980's - Closed.
Before 1834 some of these parishes belonged to Gilbert Unions, Incorporations
or had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.
Where "Kings Lynn-I" = Kings Lynn Incorporation.
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).
Further information can be found:
See also the
Poor Law page and the
Post 1834 Unions page
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