Denbighshire Record Office

Denbighshire Constabulary Records

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DPD

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Title: Denbighshire Constabulary Records

Short title: Denbighshire Constabulary records

Dates of creation: 1849-1971

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.874 cubic metres (46 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Denbighshire Constabulary


Administrative and biographical history: The Denbighshire Constabulary was formed in c. 1849. The Constabulary was arranged into two divisions, A Division (Wrexham), and B Division (Denbigh); divisions maintained records including crime registers, summons books, registers of charges, accident books and visits books. In the late 19th century, the force's headquarters were in Wrexham. In 1967, the Constabulary merged with the Flintshire and Gwynedd Police authorities. Following local government reorganisation in 1974, the enlarged Gwynedd Police became North Wales Police. One of the early Chief Constables was Major Leadbetter (fl. 1858-1890), who had to deal with civil unrest in the 1880s, including the 1887 'Tithe War' protests.


Scope and content: Constables' Branch Board minute book, 1919-1950; Chief Constable's papers, 1849-1967; correspondence and papers of Major Leadbetter, 1858-[c. 1890]; papers and photographs of G. T. Guest, 1904-1947; divisional records of the 'A' Division (Wrexham), 1874-[c. 1971]; policeman's day book of the 'B' Division (Denbigh), 1867-1962; photographs of the 'C' Division (Colwyn Bay), [c. 1900]-1958, and other miscellanea, 1935-1940; photograph books of convicted criminals, 1850-1896, and records, 1902-1967, from the Constabulary Headquarters; service registers of officers, 1851-1948; description books of police officers, 1849-1946; Home Office circulars, 1885-1912; book of declaration of police constables, 1898-1946; photographs, 1908-1956; medals of John Sheehan, Chief Clerk at Wrexham, 1851-1855; newspaper cuttings relating to armorial bearings, 1890-1967; Wrexham division papers, [c. 1912]-1971, and Joint Branch Board minute books, 1963-1967.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: minute book; Chief Constable's papers; divisional records; Constabulary Headquarters; and records relating to the whole Constabulary.

Conditions governing access: Access to some documents within this collection will 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 deposited at Denbighshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited on indefinite loan by the Chief Constable, Colwyn Bay from 1986-1993.


Related units of description: Records of Denbigh Special Constabulary are in Denbighshire Record Office, DD/DM/840.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Denbighshire Record Office, Catalogue of the Denbighshire Constabulary Records

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH.



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