Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office
Porthmadog Urban District Council Records
Reference code(s): GB 0219 XB/16
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.
ACCESS AND USE
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.
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