William Thorold (1798-1878)
William Thorold, the son of a farmer, was born at Methwold in Norfolk in 1798. He undertook an apprenticeship in Norwich and was in business as a millwright from the late 1820s. He also became an eminent civil engineer and architect involved in the construction of mills, drainage and navigation schemes, and monorail railways.
Thorold also designed a number of workhouses for unions in the east of England including:
The design for the Wayland union workhouse may also be Thorold's.
- Dickens, AM (1976) The Architect and the Workhouse, Architectural review, CLX, No. 958, 345-52.
- Morrison, Kathryn The Workhouse, English Heritage, 1999.
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