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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is the history of the buildings and the people who lived and worked in them. It begins with the meeting at the George in Dereham in 1774 which called for a 'House of Industry' and takes the story through to the modern day, with Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is the Museum of Norfolk Life.

A visit to the museum is a unique opportunity. The range of artefacts and educational opportunities available at Gressenhall make second to none in conveying the feel of life for the poor in the the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. The book sets the story in context, provides illustrative photographs, diagrams of the buildings and explains the national background and the Acts of Parliament which affected Gressenhall.

In parallel with the book these 'Support and Activity' pages use today's technology to extend the scope of the book.

Activity 1: The Inmates

Author Stephen Pope and his wife Ann have researched the details of the inmates from a variety of sources and compiled them into the listing you find on this page. If you're interested in family history, and suspect you might have a relative who once lived at Gressenhall, then this is the place to start.

The list is not exhaustive - there are gaps in the records, and data will be added as research continues.

Activity 2: Interactive Plans

The plans on page 94 of the book illustrates the ground and first floor of the House of Industry. As we develop the use of the web as source for research, we can use aspects of technology to help our understanding. You can choose the level of detail you would like to show.

The plans on this page use exactly the same artwork as the page in the book; the policy at Poppyland Publishing is to try to use modern software packages that can be output to print, web and video/DVD.

Activity 3: The Staff

As with the inmates section in Activity 1, author Stephen Pope and his wife Ann have researched details from a variety of sources and compiled them into the listing you find on this page. If you're interested in family history, and suspect you might have a relative who was once on the staff at Gressenhall, then this is the place to start.

The list is not exhaustive - there are gaps in the records, and data will be added as research continues.

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