Denbighshire Record Office
St Asaph Union Records
Reference code(s): GB 0209 GD/F
Title: St Asaph Union Records
Short title: St Asaph Poor Law Union, records
Dates of creation: 1861-1925
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 9 items
Name of creator(s): St Asaph Union
Administrative and biographical history: Parishes were grouped into Poor Law Unions which were charged to provide a workhouse for the relief of the able-bodied poor. St Asaph Poor Law Union was formed in 1837; its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, representing its constituent parishes of Abergele, Bettws Abergele, Denbigh, Henllan, Llanddulas, Llanfair Talhaearn, Llansannan, Llanyfydd, in Denbighshire, Bodfari, in the counties of Denbigh and Flint, and Cwm, Diserth, Meliden with Prestatyn, Rhuddlan and Rhyl, St Asaph and Tremeirchion, in Flintshire. 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 time of 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 St Asaph Poor Law Union, 1861-1925, including rate books, 1861-1925; valuation lists; and returns of assessable values, 1889-1891.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: rate books; valuation lists; and returns of assessable values.
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.
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 by the Chief Executive, Colwyn Borough Council, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd, 1982.
Related units of description: The majority of the St Asaph Union records are Flintshire Record Office, G/C.
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, St Asaph Union records; The History of Poor Law website (http://users.ox.ac.uk/~peter/workhouse/unions.html), viewed 29 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