Denbighshire Record Office
Wrexham Borough Council Records
Reference code(s): GB 0209 BD/C
Title: Wrexham Borough Council Records
Short title: Wrexham Borough Council records
Dates of creation: 1725-1975 (accumulated 1857-1975)
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 3.306 cubic metres (174 boxes)
Name of creator(s): Wrexham Borough Council; Wrexham Burial Board
Administrative and biographical history: Although Wrexham, Denbighshire, had grown into a sizable town by the 19th century it was still effectively governed by the parish vestry and the Justices of the Peace; it was made up of two townships, Wrexham Abbott and Wrexham Regis. Concerns over sanitary conditions after 1848 led to a petition in February 1857, calling for the town to be incorporated. Wrexham was granted a Charter in September 1857, allowing the formation of a Borough Council, which then governed under the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. The burgesses (numbering 646 in 1857) elected four Aldermen and 12 councillors from whom was chosen the Mayor. The Borough employed several officials including a Town Clerk, Borough Treasurer, Borough Surveyor, Cemetery Superintendent, Medical Officer of Health and Sanitary Inspector. The Borough of Wrexham was abolished in 1974, being absorbed into Wrexham Maelor Borough Council, Clwyd. It is now in Wrexham County Borough. The Borough acted as a Burial Board.
Scope and content: Records of Wrexham Borough Council, 1725-1975, including council minutes, 1895-1972; committee and other minutes, 1866-1972; Wrexham Burial Board and Borough Cemetery records, 1880-1937; statutory registers, 1907-1955; agenda papers, annual accounts and reports, 1858-1898; plans for council undertakings, [c. 1930]-1960; bye-laws, 1881-1937; records relating to sewerage and sewerage schemes, 1862-1909; deeds for properties in Wrexham, 1725-1890; miscellaneous correspondence, 1868-1898; Parliamentary Bills relating to railways, 1889; films of Royal visits and presentations of freedom of borough, 1946-1963; notices of construction of new streets, 1872-1926; Association of Welsh Local Authorities minutes, 1927-1966; year books, 1951-1955; Borough Treasurers' account books and ledgers, [c. 1898]-1975, and housing registers, 1923-1974; Rating Officers' valuation lists, 1894-1974, poor and general district rate books, 1856-1961, and rate cards, 1960-1973; building control plans, 1859-1925; and general ledgers of Wrexham Education Committee, 1921-1946.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Commission of the Peace; declaration of oaths of Justices of the Peace; declaration of oaths of councillors; seal register; minutes; notices of motion; rate books; valuation lists; mortgage registers; Wrexham Burial Board and Borough Cemetery; statutory registers; agenda papers, accounts and reports; plans; byelaws; sewerage; title deeds; miscellaneous; miscellaneous minute books; and new streets; Treasurer; Rating Officer; and other authorities; building control plans; and year books.
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.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.
Accruals: Accruals are not expected.
Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Town Clerk, Guildhall, Wrexham, 1974; the Chief Executive, Wrexham Maelor Borough Council, 1986; the Keeper of Manuscripts and Records, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1987; and Wrexham Maelor Borough Council, Rhostyllen House, Rhostyllen, 1987; additional deposit, 1991.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes earlier deeds and records accumulated by the Council, and Treasurer's records post-dating the abolition of 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 Borough Council catalogue; Dodd, A. H. (ed.), A History of Wrexham (Wrexham, 1989); Guide to collections held at the Denbighshire Record Office (www.denbighshire.gov.uk/www/dccportal.nsf), viewed 24 March 2004.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: March 2004; edited March 2005