Fonds N/GP - Norwich Incorporation of Guardians of the Poor

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Norwich Incorporation of Guardians of the Poor


  • 1802-1944 (Creation)

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The Governor, Deputy Governor, Assistants and Guardians (elected annually at an assembly in May) formed the court that first met on 5 August 1712 and created a committee to treat with the City Committee for the provision of premises for the workhouse, and another to prepare bye-laws for the court's procedure. These laws are copied into the minutes on f.5 of the first minute book.
A workhouse was established in what was once the Duke of Norfolk's old palace building by the river near St Andrew's Street.

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Former Norwich Workhouse, on the northside of Bowthorpe Road, and housed 1,050 inmates when built in 1859. In 1930 the workhouse passed to the city council's Public Assistance Committee and was renamed the Public Assistance Institution. In 1941 the city council, then the Norwich Corporation, renamed the site the Woodlands Hospital and it was managed by the Health Committee of the local authority.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on various dates.

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N/GP 1/61-79 and N/GP 2/1-16, 23 are available on microfilm.

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For Master's Monthly reports, February and April 1840, and Letter of J.S. Turner resigning as Master of the Workhouse Infirmary and Lunatic Asylum, see MC 686/2-3, 809X1.

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Created 09/07/2003 by Droip. Modified 17/07/2019 by Droip.


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