The Walsingham Union workhouse was erected at Great Snoring, Norfolk in 1836 at a cost of circa £5,900. Intended to accommodate up to 250 inmates, it was designed by William Thorold and based on Sampson Kempthorne’s model cruciform plan published by the Poor Law Commissioners in 1835.
However, the outer buildings at Walsingham gave the workhouse an octagonal rather than the more usual square perimeter. It had a entrance range at the east which contained the porter’s lodge, board-room, offices and so on. To the rear, radiating from the central supervisory hub, were four accommodation wings for the various classes of inmate (male/female, old/able-bodied etc.). The areas between the wings were divided in segregated exercise yards. Service and workshop buildings formed the octagonal perimeter of the workhouse.
A chapel was situated to the east of the main building. The site location and layout are shown on the 1906 map below.
In the 1930s, after the closure of the workhouse, the buildings were taken over as a smallpox hospital. The Civil Defence used the premises in the 1950s and in 1961 planning approval was given for conversion to 35 flats but this never took place.
The photograph below shows an aerial view of the site in the 1960s – note the chapel at the top of the photograph.
The buildings have now been demolished and only the workhouse chapel and a few overgrown walls remain.
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