Powys County Archives Office
Radnorshire County Council Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 R/C
Title: Radnorshire County Council Records
Short title: Radnorshire County Council records
Dates of creation: 1816-1975 (accumulated 1881-1975)
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 7.92 cubic metres (296 boxes)
Name of creator(s): Radnorshire County Council
Administrative and biographical history: Formed under the Local Government Act 1888, Radnorshire County Council took over many administrative duties of the Court of Quarter Sessions, such as responsibility for roads, bridges, county rates, county buildings, the police force, and licensing. In 1889, the administrative and welfare responsibilities were transferred to the first elected county council. The Local Government Act 1929 transferred to the county councils responsibility for public assistance (including out-relief, care of the elderly and infirm and children, poor law hospitals, and institutions) from the Boards of Guardians. New legislation relating to public health, agriculture, mental deficiency, highways, motor taxation and town and country planning gave substantial further responsibilities to county councils, particularly between 1919 and 1947. During the War, the county's War Agricultural Committee attempted to increase food production and modernise agriculture. In the period immediately after the Second World War, some responsibilities were transferred to the county councils from the urban and rural district councils, but, with the establishment of the National Health Service and the Welfare State, the county councils lost to central government responsibilities for major services relating to health and public assistance. In 1974, Radnorshire was amalgamated with Brecknockshire and Montgomeryshire to create the new Powys County Council, as part of the restructuring of local government.
Scope and content: Records of Radnorshire County Council, 1816-1975, including council minutes, 1899-1974; attendance registers, 1889-1963; notices of motions, 1889-1894; Agricultural Committee minutes, 1920-1947; Assessment Committee minutes, 1905-1929; Air Raid Precautions/ Civil Defence Committee minutes, 1938-1945; Diseases of Animals Committee minutes, 1869-1939; Education Committee minutes, 1903-1974; Finance Committee minutes, 1889-1974; Midwives Committee minutes, 1908-1911; Local Taxation Licences Committee minutes, 1909-1950; Joint Planning Committee minutes, 1944; Public Assistance/ Welfare Committee minutes, 1930-1949; Main Roads and Bridges/ Highways and Bridges Committee minutes, 1889-1974; Road Safety Committee minutes, 1946-1948; Smallholdings Committee minutes, 1893-1921; Special Committees minutes, 1940-1943; Standing Joint Committee minutes, 1889-1964; Standing Orders and General Purposes Committee minutes, 1889-1974; Urgency Committee minutes, 1958-1973; Water Undertakings Joint Committee minutes, 1958-1960; Welfare Service Committee minutes, 1963-1970; departmental records, 1883-1971, including County Architect's plans and records, 1883-1961; Radnor civil defence papers and records, 1890-1967; legal section records, 1816-1968; Radnorshire Education Department records including Radnorshire Education Committee, 1903-1969; records of children and pupils, 1950-1967; Chief Education Officer, 1952-1957; County governing body minutes, 1895-1903; School Medical Officer, 1934-1962; schools' files, 1915-1969; records relating to libraries and museums, 1936-1971; emergency training college records, 1946-1950; Health Department reports, 1949-1950; Highways and Transport Department records, 1946-1975; Land Agent's Department sales particulars, 1909-1946; Motor Taxation Department vehicle registration registers, 1903-1974; Planning Department records, 1950-1973; Public Assistance records, 1930-1964, including Treasurer's accounts, 1930-1950; registers, returns and order books, 1930-1948; Social Services Department records, 1964-1969; County Surveyor's records, 1938-1939; papers relating to elgal cases, 1816-1840; and Treasurer's Department records, 1889-1970.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: County Council minutes; Committees; Departments, consisting of County Architect, Radnor Civil Defence, Legal section, Radnorshire Education Department, Health Department, Highways and Transport Department, Land Agent's Department, Motor Taxation Department, Planning, Public Assistance, Social Services Department, County Surveyor, and Treasurer's Department, Miscellaneous.
Conditions governing access: Powys Archive Office restrictions, relating to data protection, apply
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.
Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the Powys County Archives Service.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records transferred to Powys County Archives Service have been retained.
Accruals: Accruals are possible
Archival history: The records were transferred to the Departments of the Council's successor, Powys County Council.
Immediate source of acquisition: Committee minutes deposited by Chief Executive's Department, Powys County Council, 1984, 1986; Architect's plans deposited by Architect's Department, Powys County Council, 1983; legal section records deposited by G. Scarfe, Legal Section, Powys County Council, 1986; School tenancy agreements transferred by County Solicitor, Powys County Council, 1989; and Social Services Department records transferred by Area Officer, Powys County Council Social Services Department, 1989.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The collection includes some legal records pre-dating the creation of the Council.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Radnorshire County Council, catalogues; Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997)
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: February 2005