Fonds N/WE - Social Welfare Department

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Social Welfare Department


  • 1901-1975 (Creation)

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134 pieces

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(c 20th century)

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After the Local Government Act, 1929, the functions of the Guardians of the Poor were transferred to the public assistance and social welfare committees of county and city councils. The Bowthorpe Road institution, also known as Woodlands Hospital, was the former workhouse with workhouse infirmary and became known as West Norwich Hospital. After reforms of 1946-1948 medical duties became the responsibility of the Ministry of Health's local hospital boards, leaving local authorities to supervise the welfare of children and old people.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 21 January 1976 (numbered N/WE 1/27-40), 21 March 1977 (numbered N/WE 1/41), 14 March 1979 (numbered N/WE 1/42-45), 23 July 1979 (numbered N/WE 1/46-90), 27 October 1980 (numbered N/WE 1/91), 26 March 1982 (numbered N/WE 1/92), 2 December 1992 (numbered N/WE 1/93), 8 December 1976 (numbered N/WE 3/1-31) and (numbered N/WE 4/1-3), 30 May and 13 June 1968 (numbered N/WE 5/1). N/WE 1/1-26 and N/WE 3/1-6 were deposited on unknown dates.

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Bowthorpe Road Poor Law Institute; West Norwich Hospital; General Administration; Scattered Homes; Boarding Out Committee; Register of Blind Persons; Citizens Advice Bureau.

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Created 04/08/2003 by Droip. Modified 17/07/2019 by Droip.


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