Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Porthmadog Urban District Council Records

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XB/16

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Title: Porthmadog Urban District Council Records

Short title: Porthmadog Urban District Council, records

Dates of creation: 1817-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Porthmadog Urban District Council


Administrative and biographical history: Ynyscynhaearn Urban District Council (UDC), Caernarfonshire, was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. It was renamed Porthmadog UDC in 1920. The Council comprised councillors and a chairman, elected for three years. It took over responsibility for local sanitation from Ynyscynhaearn Local Board of Health (itself formed in 1858) and its responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, 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. Porthmadog UDC was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation, becoming part of Dwyfor District Council.


Scope and content: Porthmadog Urban District Council records, 1817-1974, comprising minute books of the general committee and its predecessors, 1817-1974, finance committee, 1895-1974, rating and valuation committee, 1927-1949, special committees, 1919-1966, the works committee, 1906-1974, the health committee, 1903-1974, the housing committee, 1931-1967, the library committee, 1953-1961, the improvements committee, 1921-1950, the hospitality committee, 1956-1962, the publicity committee, 1965, the park and development committee, 1957-1972, the gas committee, 1917-1949, and the general purposes committee, 1886-1917; and letter book, 1963.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: minute books (arranged according to committee); letter book.

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. The catalogue is available online.
Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: No information found



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The fonds includes records of the Council's predecessor bodies.

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, Porthmadog District Council, 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); Bassett, T. M., and B. L. Davies, Atlas of Caernarvonshire (Gwynedd Rural Council, 1977).

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

Date(s) of description: September 2004



Corporate minutes | Wales | Porthmadog

Local government | Wales | Gwynedd

Porthmadog (Wales) | Politics and government

Porthmadog (Wales). | Urban District Council | Records and correspondence

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Corporate names

Porthmadog (Wales) | Urban District Council

Ynyscynhaearn (Wales) | Urban District Council