Denbighshire Record Office

Denbighshire School Building Grant Plans

Reference code(s): GB 0209 ED/SBD

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Title: Denbighshire School Building Grant Plans

Short title: Denbighshire British and National Schools building grant plans

Dates of creation: 1844-1874

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.057 cubic metres (42 items)

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Administrative and biographical history: Primary school education in Denbighshire developed from the National and British Schools established in the first half of the 19th century by the National Society for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church (established 1811, Anglican) and the British and Foreign School Society (established 1798, named BFSS in 1814, Non-conformist). Although the setting up of schools required local support and subscriptions, usually in response to a charity's campaign, the costs were partly borne by the government, which provided building grants from 1833 and maintenance grants from 1853. Schools were built in Denbighshire from 1844-1874. The grants for charitable provision ended in 1872, when they were replaced by School Boards; British Schools were transferred to the Boards. Oversight of the school system passed to County Councils as Local Education Authorities in 1902.


Scope and content: Plans of British and National schools in Denbighshire, 1844-1874.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged alphabetically, by school.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Denbighshire Record Office.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Denbighshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history: The school plans were deposited at the National Library of Wales, probably from the Department of Education as the successor body to the issuer of grants.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Keeper, Department of Pictures and Maps, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Dyfed, 1989.


Related units of description: Records of the schools are in Denbighshire Recrod Office, ED/1-110.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Denbighshire Record Office, Catalogue, Denbighshire school building grant plans; Davies, B. L. "British Schools in South Wales", National Library of Wales Journal, XVIII 4, (1974); Oxford Companion to British History (1997), Ammanford Website, A Brief History of Education in Wales, (, viewed 22 March 2004; British and Foreign School Society website ( and Study Overseas website (, viewed 24 September 2004.

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

Date(s) of description: March 2004



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