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Norfolk: Poor Law after 1834 Act

Wisbech Union

This Union contained parishes from Norfolk and Cambridgeshire some of which were in both counties.

Union history

Before 1834 some of these parishes had their own Work or Parish House (WkHse) as shown.

Wisbech Union
Places in
Norfolk
Pre 1834
Parish Work House
Clenchwarton
Emneth WkHse
Nordelph (1909+)
Outwell (part of) [see note] WkHse
Terrington St. Clement WkHse
Terrington St. John WkHse
Tilney-cum-Islington
Wisbech Union
Places in
Norfolk
Pre 1834
Parish Work House
Tilney All Saints
Tilney St. Lawrence
Upwell (part of) [see note] WkHse
Walpole St. Andrew WkHse
Walpole St. Peter WkHse
Walsoken WkHse
Walton, West
 (West Walton)
WkHse

Wisbech Union
Places in
Cambridgeshire
Pre 1834
Parish Work House
Elm
Leverington
Newton
Outwell (part of) [see note]WkHse
Parson Drove
Wisbech Union
Places in
Cambridgeshire
Pre 1834
Parish Work House
Tydd St Giles
Upwell (part of) [see note]WkHse
Wisbech St Mary
Wisbech St Peter

Note that the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk parts of Outwell and Upwell were each a separate township as regards supporting their poor.

Description of the Union - Gardner's 1851 Cambridgeshire

This comes from pages 623 and 624 of this Gazetteer.

The Union Workhouse which is capable of accommodating 560 inmates is situated on the Lynn road, and was erected by the poor law commissioners at a cost of about £6,900.

The building, which is of an ornamental character, and in style approaches the Elizabethan, consists of a centre and two wings. The centre and wings are of three stories, and the rest of the building of two. The centre which is pedimented, surmounted by a bell-turret, is almost wholly occupied by a large pointed window. The wings are flat and pedimented, and the rest of the front has a pediment raised on the parapet over every window. There is a neat entrance lodge, and the space in front, which is considerable, is planted with evergreens. The whole has not only an air of comfort but of grandeur. The paupers are well clothed and fed, and it is said to be one of the best conducted workhouses in the kingdom. The average number of inmates for the past year is about 300, and the weekly expense of each pauper is 2s 7½d. Mr. James Rose the present master, Mrs. Jane Rose, is matron, and Mr. G. D. Collins, solicitor, clerk to the board of guardians.


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See also the Poor Law page and the Post 1834 Unions page

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August 2015