Powys County Archives Office
Knighton Urban District Council Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 R/UD/KN
Title: Knighton Urban District Council Records
Short title: Knighton Urban District Council, records
Dates of creation: 1839-1974 (mainly 1876-1974)
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 1.28 cubic metres (64 boxes)
Name of creator(s): Knighton Urban District Council
Administrative and biographical history: Knighton Urban District Council (UDC), Radnorshire, was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. The Council comprised councillors and a chairman, who originally took over responsibility for local sanitation from the local sanitary authorities. The Council's responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. From 1925 it also became a rating authority. UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Public Health Inspector, Surveyor, Rating Officer and Housing Officer. Knighton UDC was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganization, with its functions assumed by Radnorshire District Council.
Scope and content: Records of Knighton Urban District Council, 1839-1974, comprising Clerk's records, including Council minutes, 1919-1974, committee minutes and reports, 1926-1935, elections correspondence, 1946-1974, Clerk's correspondence 1929-1973, legal papers 1941-1967, deeds and mortgages, 1852-1974, registers, 1933-1940, wartime records, 1941-1946, town hall lettings, 1957-1966, and tithe maps and apportionments, 1839-1926; Treasurer's records, 1923-1974, including general ledgers, 1925-1974, accounts, 1923-1974, and wages and salaries, 1939-1974; Rating Officer's records, 1915-1973, including valuation records, 1929-1934, and rate books, 1931-1972; housing registers, 1933-1967; Surveyor's records, 1931-1966; Public Health Inspector's records, 1849, 1960, 1968; Local Board of Health records, 1853-1895; and Radnorshire and North Breconshire Water Board reports, 1973-1974.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Clerk; Treasurer; Rating Officer; Housing Officer; Surveyor; Public Health Inspector; other authorities.
Conditions governing access: Powys Archive Office restrictions, relating to data protection, apply
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply
Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Powys County Archives Service.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Archival history: The records of the Council passed into various hands after its abolition.
Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Green and Nixson, Solicitors, of Knighton, 1975; per Mrs S. Wright, 1985; transferred from Llandrindod Wells Museum, [1980s]; and by Radnor District Council, 1992.
Related units of description: Further records are in Powys County Archives Service, R/DC.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The collection includes some earlier records pre-dating the creation of the Council.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Knighton Urban 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); Powys County Archives Office website (http://archives.powys.gov.uk), viewed 8 February 2005.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: February 2005