Denbighshire Record Office

Ruthin Union Records

Reference code(s): GB 0209 GD/B

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Title: Ruthin Union Records

Short title: Ruthin Poor Law Union records

Dates of creation: 1837-1903

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.019 cubic metres (15 items)

Name of creator(s): Ruthin Poor Law Union; Ruthin Rural Sanitary Authority


Administrative and biographical history: Ruthin Poor Law Union was formed in 1837, its operation overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, representing its constituent parishes of Aberchwiler, Clocaenog, Derwen, Efenechtyd, Gyffylliog, Llanarmon-yn-Iâl, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llandegla, Llandyrnog, Llanelidan, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanferres, Llanfwrog, Llangwyfan, Llangynhafal, Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch, Llan-rhudd, Llanychan, Llanynys, Nantglyn and Ruthin. The Board of Guardians responsible for the Union had other duties, including the registration of births, marriages and deaths, vaccinations, assessments of rates, sanitation, school attendance and infant life protection. By the Local Government Act 1929, Unions were abolished and their duties transferred to County Councils, responsibility for the poor being transferred to the Public Assistance Committee until 1948.


Scope and content: Records of Ruthin Union, 1837-1903, including minutes, 1837-1844, lists of Guardians and officers, 1886-1902; Ruthin Rural Sanitary Authority minutes, 1888-1896; and accounts, 1891-1903.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Board of Guardians and its officers; minutes; accounts; miscellaneous; Rural Sanitary Authority minutes; and R. S. A. ledger.

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



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, Ruthin Union records; The History of Poor Law website (, viewed 26 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



Poor laws | Wales | Denbighshire | Administration

Ruthin (Denbighshire, Wales). | Rural Sanitary Authority | Archives

Ruthin Poor Law Union | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Corporate names

Ruthin (Wales) | Rural Sanitary Authority

Ruthin Poor Law Union