Denbighshire Record Office

Highway Boards Records

Reference code(s): GB 0209 HBD

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Title: Highway Boards Records

Short title: Denbighshire Highway Boards records

Dates of creation: 1863-1903

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.209 cubic metres (11 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Abergele Highway Board; Cerrigydrudion/Corwen Highway Board; Llangollen Highway Board; Llanrwst Highway Board; Ruthin Highway Board; Wrexham Highway Board


Administrative and biographical history: In rural areas, highway boards were established under powers granted by the General Highway Act 1835 and the Highways Act 1862 which gave the powers to the justices in Quarter Sessions to make orders constituting Highway Districts. There was a board consisting of the waywardens for each elected by every parish and the local justices. Officials were appointed with a surveyor. These were responsible for the highway repairs in their district. The responsibility for the upkeep of roads to themselves from parish vestries was transferred. After 1878 highway boards were taken over by rural sanitary authorities. The Local Government Act 1894 abolished Highway Districts. The six boards covering Denbigshire were: Abergele Highway Board; Cerrigydrudion/ Corwen Highway Board; Llangollen Highway Board; Llanrwst Highway Board; Ruthin Highway Board; and Wrexham Highway Board.


Scope and content: Records of Denbighshire Highway Boards and successors, 1863-1903, including Abergele Board, 1888-1895; Cerrigydrudion/ Corwen Board, 1882-1894; Llangollen Board, 1863-1903; Llanrwst Board, 1863-1898; Ruthin Board, 1881-1887; and Wrexham Board, 1863-1896.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Abergele Highway Board; Cerrigydrudion Highway Board; Llangollen Highway Board; Llanrwst Highway Board; Ruthin Highway Board; and Wrexham Highway Board.

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.
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: Abergele Board records deposited by the Clerk to St Asaph Rural District Council, Flintshire, 1973; Cerrigydrudion/ Corwen and Llanrwst Board records deposited by the Chief Executive, Colwyn Borough Council, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd, 1982; Llangollen Board records deposited by Messrs Richards and Son, Llangollen, Denbighshire, 1973, and the Clerk to Ceiriog Rural District Council, Denbighshire, 1974; Additional Llanrwst Board records deposited by Mr D. B. Francis, Llanrwst, Clwyd, per Gwynedd Archives Service, Dolgellau, 1987; Ruthin Board records deposited by the County Librarian, per Schools Librarian, Ruthin, Clwyd, 1978; Wrexham Board records deposited by the Clerk to Wrexham Rural District Council, Clwyd, 1974.



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, Highway Boards Records; Collis, P., The West Glamorgan Achive Service, A Guide to the Collections (Swansea, 1998).

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

Date(s) of description: March 2004



Roads | Wales | Denbighshire

Personal names

Corporate names

Abergele Highway Board

Cerrigydrudion/ Corwen Highway Board

Llangollen Highway Board

Llanrwst Highway Board

Ruthin Highway Board

Wrexham (Wales) | Highway Board