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The union consisted of the following parishes: Barton Bendish St Andrew, NorfolkBarton Bendish St Mary and All Saints, Norfolk  Bexwell, NorfolkBoughton, NorfolkCrimplesham, NorfolkDenver, NorfolkWest Dereham, NorfolkDownham Market, Norfolk, Fincham Fincham, NorfolkFordham, NorfolkHilgay, Norfolk, Holme next Runcton see Runcton Holme ,  Marham, Norfolk, Roxham see Ryston with Roxham, Norfolk, Runcton parishes North Runcton with Hardwicke and Setchey , Norfolk,

 Runcton Holme with South Runcton, Wallington and Thorpeland Norfolk  Ryston with Roxham, NorfolkShouldham, NorfolkShouldham Thorpe, NorfolkSouthery, NorfolkStoke Ferry, Norfolk, Stow Bardolph, NorfolkStradsett, Norfolk,   Tottenhill, Norfolk, Wallington with Thorpland see Runcton Holme with South Runcton, Wallington and Thorpeland NorfolkWatlington, NorfolkWelney, CambridgeshireWelneyWereham, NorfolkWiggenhall St Germans, Norfolk, Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen, NorfolkWiggenhall St Mary the Virgin, NorfolkWiggenhall St Peter, NorfolkWimbotsham, NorfolkWormegay, NorfolkWretton, Norfolk.


Norfolk Record Office reference C/GP 5
Title Records of the Downham Poor Law Union
Date 1836-1948
Extent 116 pieces

Downham Union was incorporated under the 1834 Act. The Union Workhouse was built at Downham in 1836. Downham Union Board of Guardians was replaced by Guardians Committee No. 9 in 1930.
Received by the Norfolk Record Office on unknown dates.
Copies C/GP5/1-6, 103, 106-108 are available on microform.
RelatedMaterial For records of this body (including administration of Downham Public Assistance Institution, out-relief and boarding-out of children), see C/GC 9.


For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: and


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