Norfolk: Poor Law
Mitford and Launditch Union 1835 - 1930
- 1835 - Became a Union. Old "House of Industry" became the Union Workhouse.
It was formed from parishes in the
Mitford and Launditch Incorporation
and some additional parishes.
- Description is in
Whites 1845 directory.
- 1835 - 10 parishes from Eynsford Hundred added to Union marked "(*)"
in table below.
- 1836 - Workhouse School established.
- 1838 - Graveyard ("Museum orchard" used from 1785) was now consecrated.
- 1851 - Industrial Farm.
- 1868 - Chapel Built.
- 1871 - Fever Ward built.
- 1900 - Burials ceased at site. Subsequently those who died were
buried in their own parishes.
- 1930 - Union dissolved.
- 1930 - Renamed "Gressenhall Public Assistance Institution".
- 1933 - Kelly's directory describes it under "Norfolk No 10 Guardians
Committee" as "The Institution available for 150 inmates".
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933
- Called "Beech House" at some point after 1937.
- 1939-45 - WWII - Soldiers billeted for part of the war.
- 1948 - Housed "Old People", "Children" and "Homeless Families".
- 1975 - Closed and becomes a Museum of Rural Life,
Beech House, Gressenhall, East Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4DR,
[Map reference is TF976170].
Before 1835 some of these parishes belonged to Gilbert Unions,
Incorporations or had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.
"Bawdeswell-GU" = Bawdeswell Gilbert Union.
"MitL-I" = Mitford and Launditch 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).
- Reid, Andy
- The Union Workhouse
[ISBN: 0-85033-914-6: Phillimore, 1994]
- Pope, Stephen
- Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse: A History of the Buildings
and the People Who Lived and Worked in Them
[ISBN: 0-94614-874-0: Poppyland Publishing, 2006]
Further information can be found:
See also the
Poor Law page and the
Post 1834 Unions page
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