Denbighshire Record Office

Wrexham Rural District Council Records

Reference code(s): GB 0209 RDD/K

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Title: Wrexham Rural District Council Records

Short title: Wrexham Rural District Council records

Dates of creation: 1861-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 3.154 cubic metres (166 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Wrexham Rural District Council; Wrexham Rural Sanitary Authority; Wrexham Poor Law Union


Administrative and biographical history: Wrexham Rural District Council, Denbighshire, was established in 1895 under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. It contained the parishes of Abenbury, Acton, Allington, Bersham, Bieston, Borras Hovah, Borras Riffre, Broughton, Brymbo, Burton, Cacca Dutton, Cefn, Dutton Diffeth, Dutton-y-Bran, Erbistock, Erlas, Erddig, Esclusham Above, Esclusham Below, Eyton, Gourton, Gresford, Gwersyllt, Holt, Llay, Marchwiel, Minera, Penycae, Pickhill, Rhos, Ridley, Royton, Ruabon, Sesswick, Stansty, and Sutton. In 1935, the parishes of Acton and Stansty were absorbed by Wrexham Borough, while Llangollen Rural and Llantysilio were added to the district, from Llangollen rural district. The council was composed of councillors and a chairman, elected for three years. They originally took over responsibility for local sanitation from Wrexham Rural Sanitary Authority 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. Wrexham Rural District Council was abolished after local government reorganisation in 1974, being absorbed into Wrexham Maelor Borough Council and Glyndwr District Council, Clwyd.


Scope and content: Records of Wrexham Rural District Council and related bodies, 1861-1974, comprising Clerk's department records, 1895-1974, including council minutes, 1895-1974, committee minutes, 1905-1963, letter books, 1908-1913, and records of public enquiries, 1911-1929; Treasurer's records, 1898-1974, including general ledgers, 1898-1974, financial statements, 1911-1973, Treasurer's accounts ledgers, 1905-1938, loan ledgers, 1947-1964, and housing records, 1919-1964; Rating Officer's records, 1861-1973, including valuation lists, 1895-1963, rate books, 1861, 1895-1973, and rate cards, 1962-1969; Housing Officer's records, 1914-1948; Public Health Inspector's reports, 1904, 1936; Medical Officer of Health's reports, 1896-1941; Surveyor's reports, 1896-1920, and maps and plans, 1930-1935; Wrexham Rural Sanitary Authority general and parochial ledgers, 1878-1895; and Wrexham Union parochial ledger, 1906-1908.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following groups: Clerk; Treasurer; Rating Officer; Housing Officer; Surveyor; Public Health Inspector; and Medical Officer of Health.

Conditions governing access: Access to some documents within this collection may be restricted under 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, Wrexham RDC, 1974; the Director of Administration, Wrexham Maelor Borough Council, 1974; and the Chief Executive, Wrexham Maelor Borough Council, 1986.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes some earlier rating records transferred to the Council.

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, Wrexham 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).

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

Date(s) of description: March 2004



Wrexham (Wales) | Politics and government

Wrexham (Wales). | Rural District Council | Records and correspondence

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Wrexham (Wales) | Rural District Council

Wrexham (Wales) | Rural Sanitary Authority

Wrexham Poor Law Union