Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act
- 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.
|Pre 1834 Union,
or Parish Work House
or Rainham St. Mary)
or Rainham St. Martin)
or Rainham St. Margaret)
|Warham All Saints
|Warham St. Mary
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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