Denbighshire Record Office

Ruthin Rural District Council Records

Reference code(s): GB 0209 RDD/I

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Title: Ruthin Rural District Council Records

Short title: Ruthin Rural District Council, records

Dates of creation: 1889-1979

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 1.178 cubic metres (62 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Ruthin Rural District Council; Glyndwr District Council


Administrative and biographical history: Ruthin Rural District Council, Denbighshire, was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. It contained the parishes of Aberwheeler, Clocaenog, Derwen, Efenechtyd, Gyffylliog, Llanarmon-yn-Iâl, Llanbedr, Llandegla, Llandyrnog, Llanelidan, Llanfair DC, Llanferres, Llanfwrog Rural, Llangwyfan, Llangynhafal, Llanrhaeadr Rural, Llanrhydd Rural, Llanychan, Llanynys and Nantglyn. In 1935, Bryneglwys was transferred to the district from Llangollen rural district, while the parishes of Llangwyfan, Llanrhydd Rural, and Llanychan ceased to exist. The council was composed of 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. Rural District Councils were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Public Health Inspector, Housing Officer, Surveyor and Rating Officer. Ruthin Rural District Council was abolished after local government reorganisation in 1974, being mainly absorbed into Glyndwr District Council.


Scope and content: Records of Ruthin Rural District Council, 1889-1979, comprising records of the Clerk's department, 1896-1974, including Council minutes, 1896-1974, rating committee minutes, 1927-1954, licensing registers, 1924-1966, and photographs, 1912-[1960]; Treasurer's records, 1903-1979, including ledgers, 1903-1912, 1946-1974, parochial ledgers, 1921-1974, financial statements, 1920-1974, cash books, 1943-1948, and collection and debit accounts for Ruthin RDC and Glyndwr District Council, 1971-1979; Rating Officer's records, 1889-1974, including valuation lists, 1897, general valuation lists, 1929-1973, rate books, 1914, 1926, 1972-1974, and rate account books, 1929-1967; Housing Officer's records, 1920-1947; Surveyor's maps, 1900-[c. 1970], and papers relating to Llandyrnog water committee, 1912-1920.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by depoist and type into the following: Clerk; Treasurer; Rating Officer; Housing Officer; and Surveyor; Housing Officer; Surveyor to Llandyrnog water committee and photographs.

Conditions governing access: Access to some documents within this collection may be restricted due to Data Protection legislation. Please contact Denbighshire Record Office for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Denbighshire Record Office.
Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Clerk, Ruthin RDC, 1974; by the Chief Executive, Glyndwr District Council, 1978, 1989; by the Chief Executive, Glyndwr Borough Council per Mr E. J. Lunt, Borough Rating Officer, 1984; by P. C. Evans, Heritage Officer, Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru, Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor LL57 2DJ, 1991; by Brian W. Williams, Area Manager North, Technical and Housing Dept, Glyndwr District Council Offices, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, 1996; A. Williams, Finance Section, Directorate of Central Services, Denbighshire County Council, Council Offices, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, 1996.


Related units of description: Further items relating to Ruthin RDC are Denbighshire Record Office, GD/B/164/1, GD/B/167/1.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. A single item relating to Glyndwr District Council post-dates the abolition of Ruthin RDC.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin Rural District Council catalogue; 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); Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff, 1969).

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

Date(s) of description: March 2004



Ruthin (Denbighshire, Wales) | Politics and government

Ruthin (Denbighshire, Wales). | Rural District Council | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Corporate names

Glyndwr (Wales) | District Council

Ruthin (Wales) | Rural District Council