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The House of Industry at Heckingham, with room for about 500 paupers, was adopted as the Union Workhouse in 1836, when it was much injured by fire, supposed to have been occasioned by an incendiary. It was repaired, altered, & enlarged, at the cost of 3145, & now has room for 600 paupers, but it has seldom more than half that number, & in summer only about 150. 

J Kerrick esq is chairman of the Board of Guardians; James Copeman esq, of Loddon, is union clerk & supt. registrar; the Rev W Hobson, chaplain; Messrs J H Wooltorton & E Easter are relieving officers; & Mr John Brigham & wife are master & matron of the workhouse. 5 surgeons are employed by the Union, & the average weekly cost per week, per head, of the indoor poor, is 2s.4d for food & 5+d for clothing.

Source: White Directory 1845 - p 805
Submitted by Betty Longbottom


Loddon and Clavering Workhouse became Hales Hospital.

Records include Minutes 1836-1930, comprehensive admission and discharge registers, birth and death registers and various committee minutes. 

Norfolk Record Office
Gildengate House
Anglia Square
Upper Green Lane
Telephone: 01603 761349 

Norfolk Record Office; Records of Poor Law

Genuki Site of Norfolk Poor Law Unions 


Hales Hospital, a history: workhouse to hospital. John Bilyard
Norwich: Norwich Health Authority, 1987

Hales Hospital: Thirty Years of Friendship. John Bilyard
The Friends of Hales Hospital: c1991

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