Ceredigion Archives

Aberaeron and Aberayron Rural District Council Records

Reference code(s): GB 0212 ANR

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Title: Aberaeron and Aberayron Rural District Council Records

Short title: Aberaeron and Aberayron Rural District Council Records

Dates of creation: [1800]-1975 (accumulated 1934-1975)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Aberaeron Rural District Council; Aberayron Rural District Council; Aberaeron Rural Sanitary Authority


Administrative and biographical history: Aberaeron Rural District Council (RDC), Cardiganshire, was created in 1895 under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. The district comprised 14 parishes in central Cardiganshire, in the vicinity of Aberaeron. In 1934 the rural districts of Aberaeron and Lampeter were amalgamated to form Aberayron rural district which included an additional eight parishes from the Lampeter rural district. The council comprised councillors and a chairman, elected for three years. They originally took over responsibility for local sanitation from the local sanitary authorities and their responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, maintaining local roads, cemeteries, parks, and licensing of public entertainments, water supply and later housing. RDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a clerk, treasurer, medical officer of health, surveyor and sanitary inspector. Aberayron RDC was abolished in 1974.


Scope and content: Records of the clerk's department, [1800]-1975, including minutes of the Aberaeron Union Sanitary Authority and the Rural District Council, 1872-1974, records of councillors and officials, 1950-1971, letter books and correspondence files, 1880-1973, legal agreements and mortgages, 1899-1975, licences, 1931-1974, evacuation records, 1939-[1945], and printed material, [1800]-1966; records of the treasurer's department, 1898-1974, including financial statements, 1905-1941, ledgers, 1898-1967, account books, 1929-1974, receipt and payment books, 1903-1974, loans and capital accounts, 1902-1974, housing accounts, 1924-1971, valuation records, 1912-1973, and rate books and related records, 1920-1974; records of the sanitary inspector, 1873-1956, and the Medical Officer of Health, 1900-1958; returns of births and deaths, 1943-1951; plans, correspondence and other records relating to housing sites, 1929-1973, water supply schemes, 1935-1955, roads and bridges, 1961-1962, sewerage schemes, 1952-1973, and coastal protection, 1962-1970; and Ordnance Survey and tithe maps, 1841-1962.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: health; housing; water supply; roads; sewerage; coast protection; maps; minutes; councillors and officers; correspondence; legal agreements; standing orders; licences; evacuation; School Board elections; clerk's miscellaneous; general finance; loans and capital accounts; housing accounts; valuation lists; rating; and salaries.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Ceredigion Archives. The catalogue is available online.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The records were formerly listed as SRD/4 and as CDD/ANR.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Chief Executive of Ceredigion District Council, 1975-1980. Transferred from the National Library of Wales, 1983. Transferred from the Town Hall, 1990.


Related units of description: Lampeter Rural District Council Records (LPR) are also in Ceredigion Archives.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Includes material from Aberayron RDC's predecessor authorities and earlier printed material.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Ceredigion Archives online catalogue (http://archifdy-ceredigion.org.uk/schedules-js.html), Aberaeron Rural District Council (ANR), viewed 4 November 2003; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949); Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: November 2003



Aberaeron (Wales). | Rural District Council | Archives

Aberaeron (Wales). | Rural Sanitary Authority | Archives

Administrative agencies | Wales | Aberaeron

Local government | Wales | Aberaeron

Public health | Wales | Aberaeron

Sanitation | Wales | Aberaeron

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Aberaeron (Wales) | Rural District Council

Aberaeron (Wales) | Rural Sanitary Authority