Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act
- 1834 - Wayland Poor Law Union was formed.
- 1836 - Workhouse at The Street, Rockland All Saints, NR17 1TT,
[Map reference is TL9925096950]
- 1841 - From the Guardians minutes we see the Union
was split into 2 districts as follows :-
- Attleborough District comprised the parishes of :-
- Attleborough, Besthorpe, Great Ellingham, Little Ellingham,
Hargham, Larling, Rockland All Saints, Rockland St. Andrew,
Rockland St. Peter, Snetterton, Shropham.
- Watton District comprised the parishes of :-
- Banham, Breckles, Carbrooke, Caston, Griston,
Hockham, Illington, Merton, Ovington, Scoulton,
Stow Bedon, Thompson, Tottington, Watton.
- Note that Roudham appears for the first time in the
Guardians Minute Books on the 6/March/1843 [Page 359].
- 1843 - March 27th - Amounts to contribute are as follows
(for Quarter ending June 24th) :-
- Attleborough - £300, Besthorpe - £105,
Breckles- £20, Carbrooke - £70,
Caston - £80, Great Ellingham - £210,
Griston - £35, Hargham - £5, Hockham - £50,
Illington - £5, Larling - £30,
Little Ellingham - £40, Merton - £25, Ovington - £40,
Rockland All Saints - £40, Rockland St. Andrew - £25,
Rockland St. Peter - £40,
Roudham - £5, Scoulton - £70, Shropham - £45,
Snetterton - £55, Stow-Bedon - £40,
Thompson - £70, Tottington - £30, Watton - £130.
- Description is in
Whites 1845 directory.
- 1902 - Gained parishes from Guiltcross Union.
- 1930 - Union dissolved.
- 1933 - Kelly's directory has no mention under Rockland All Saints.
- 1937 - Kelly's directory - as 1933
- 1939 - Not in use.
- Most buildings have now been demolished.
- Remaining buildings converted to a house called "Wayland House"
The Union also established an Infirmary at Attleborough.
- 1912-14 - "Attleborough Infirmary" located on Ellingham Road, Attleborough,
NR17 1AE, [Map reference is TM0305096150]
"Cakes Hill" or "Cades Hill" is the area of land where the Hospital is located.
"Cades Hill House" was either part of or connected with the Infirmary.
- 1933 - Whites directory (under Swaffham) has a section "Norfolk No 11
Area Guardians Committee" says the Infimary is available for 110 inmates
and stands in 15 acres.
- c.1939-1945 - Attleborough Emergency Hospital for Services Casualties and Sick
- 1948 - Became part of the National Health Service - "Wayland Hospital"
- c.2000 - closed
- 2004 - St Luke's Hospital
- 2006 - Some buildings demolished.
- Other names associated with the site "Bickley Day Hospital".
Before 1834 some of these parishes
had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.
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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