Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Records of Criccieth Urban District Council

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XB/6

Held at:

Title: Records of Criccieth Urban District Council

Short title: Criccieth Urban District Council, records

Dates of creation: 1799-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 261 items

Name of creator(s): Criccieth Urban District Council


Administrative and biographical history: The Borough of Criccieth (Cricieth), Caernarfonshire, established in the 13th century, became a Corporation in 1833 and an Urban Sanitary Authority in 1873. Other adminsitrative functions were overseen by the Vestry meeting of Criccieth parish, and the Criccieth and Penllyn Joint Burial Board. Criccieth Urban District Council (UDC) was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. The Council comprised councillors and a chairman, elected for three years. It took over responsibility for local sanitation from the Urban Sanitary Authority and its responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Surveyor, Rating Officer and Sanitary Inspector. Criccieth UDC was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation, and became part of Dwyfor District Council.


Scope and content: Records of Criccieth UDC and related bodies, 1799-1974, comprising minute books of Criccieth Corporation, 1833-1894; Parliamentary Bill for the Borough of Criccieth, 1873; Urban Sanitary Authority minutes and ledger, 1873-1895; minute books and related papers of Criccieth UDC council meetings, 1895-1974, and committee meetings, 1898-1949; UDC account ledgers, 1891-1965; Clerk's copy letters, 1951-1962; Inspector of Nuisances' journal, 1919-1928; Sanitary Inspectors' reports and other records, 1892-1958; annual reports of the Combined Sanitary Districts of Caernarvonshire, 1879-1912, County Medical Officer of Health for Caernarvonshire, 1917-1930, and District Medical Officers of Health, 1923-1942; Surveyors' records, 1881-1947; plans, 1857-[post 1894]; Criccieth vestry minute books, 1870-1922; register of poor rate for Criccieth, 1799-1803; Poor Rate books, 1809-1926; General District Rate books and other records, 1858-1947; miscellaneous account ledgers, 1865-1962, registers, 1885-1941, and reports, 1873-1919; and Criccieth and Penllyn Joint Burial Board records, 1876-1934.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: general UDC documents; committees of Criccieth UDC and related documents; officers of Criccieth UDC and related documents; poor rate & general rate; general documents; inquiries; and Criccieth & Penllyn Joint Burial Board.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: No information found


Related units of description: Further records are in Caernarfon Record Office, M/1051/4/1.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The fonds contains records of its predecessor bodies accumulated by the Council.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Cofnodion CDT Criccieth/Records of Criccieth UDC, catalogue; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949); Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Dodd, A. H., A History of Caernarvonshire (Wrexham, 1990).

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

Date(s) of description: July 2004



Cemeteries | Wales | Gwynedd

Criccieth (Wales) | Politics and government

Criccieth (Wales). | Urban District Council | Archives

Local government | Wales | Gwynedd

Poor laws | Wales | Gwynedd | Administration

Public welfare | Wales | Gwynedd

Personal names

Corporate names

Criccieth (Wales) | Urban District Council

Criccieth (Wales) | Urban Sanitary Authority

Criccieth and Penllyn Joint Burial Board