Powys County Archives Office
Breconshire County Council Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 B/C
Title: Breconshire County Council Records
Short title: Breconshire County Council records
Dates of creation: [c. 1805]-1974
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 8.1 cubic metres (404 boxes)
Name of creator(s): Breconshire County Council
Administrative and biographical history: Formed under the Local Government Act 1888, Breconshire County Council (or Brecknockshire 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. The southern part of the county became part of Brecon Beacons National Park in 1957. In 1974, Breconshire was amalgamated with Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire to create the new Powys County Council, as part of the restructuring of local government.
Scope and content: Records of Breconshire County Council, [c. 1805]-1974, including council minutes, 1889-1974; attendance registers, 1928-1974; notices of motions, 1891-1973; books of oaths, 1909-1910; Committee minutes and related records, 1889-1974, including Agricultural Committee records, 1920-1948; Ambulance Service Transport Sub-Committee minutes, 1948-1974; Assessment (Valuation) Committee minutes, 1903-1951; County Buildings Committee minutes, 1952-1974; Deprived Children's/Children's Committee minutes, 1947-1970; District Air Raids/Air Raid Precautions/Civil Defence Committee minutes, 1938-1973; Contagious Diseases (Animals)/Diseases of Animals Sub-Committee minutes, 1899-1974; Cultivation Sub-Committee minutes, 1919-1941; Education Committee minutes and related records, 1891-1974; District Education Committees minutes, 1903-1974; Finance Committee minutes, 1889-1974; Joint Fire Service/Fire Brigade Committee (Brecon and Radnor) records, 1948-1974; General Purposes Committee minutes, 1890-1973; Health/ Health, Maternity and Child Welfare Committee minutes, 1906-1974; Housing/ Town Planning Committee minutes, 1910-1944; Library Sub-Committee minutes, 1918-1962; Library Committee minutes, 1962-1964; Museum Service and Local History Sub-Committee minutes, 1951-1965; Libraries Sub-Committee 1965 and Libraries and Museums Committee minutes, 1965-1974; Livestock and Horse-breeding Sub-Committee (Agriculture) minutes, 1921-1937; Mental Deficiency Act Committee minutes, 1914-1967; Mental Health Services Sub-Committee minutes, 1967-1971; National Park (Brecon Beacons) Joint Advisory Committee minutes, 1960-1974; National Park (Brecon Beacons) Planning Committee minutes, 1960-1974; Offices/Salaries and Staffing Committee minutes, 1922-1974; Staff Joint Consultative Committee minutes, 1943-1974; Parliamentary Committee minutes, 1902-1924; Local Government Act 1894/Parliamentary and Local Government Acts Committee, 1894-1973; Planning Committee minutes, 1948-1973; Area Probation Committee minutes, 1960-1973; Public Assistance Committee minutes, 1930-1947; Public Assistance/Welfare Committee minutes, 1947-1955; Public Assistance Committee, Finance Sub-Committee, minutes, 1930-1947; Public Buildings Committee minutes, 1889-1890; County Rate Basis Committee minutes, 1890-1927; County Valuation Committee minutes, 1928-1955; Main Roads Committee minutes, 1889-1894; Main Roads and Bridges Committee minutes, 1894-1974; Road Safety Committee minutes, 1946-1973; Rules and Standing Orders Committee minutes, 1915-1972; Sheep Scab Joint Committee minutes, 1903-1907; Allotments Committee minutes, 1895; Smallholdings Committee minutes, 1893; Smallholdings and Allotments Committee/Sub-Committee (Agriculture) minutes, 1908-1974; Special Committee minutes, 1895-1969; Festival of Britain Committee minutes, 1950-1951; Brecon Town Expansion Steering Committee minutes, 1972-1973; Joint/Standing Joint Committee minutes, 1889-1964; Ty Mawr Approved School Committee minutes, 1968-1974; Management Committee attendances, 1942-1968; Welfare Committee minutes, 1955-1970; Social Services Committee minutes, 1971-1974; Welsh Church Acts Sub-Committee minutes, 1947-1974; Ystradgynlais Swimming Pool Joint Committee minutes, 1971-1974; TB Care Committee records, [c. 1927]-1928; Clerk's Department records, [c.1805]-1970; Health Department records, 1919-1971; Highways and Transport Department records, 1892-1971; Public Assistance Department records, 1928-1969; County Surveyor's Department, 1893-1953; Treasurer's Department records, 1910-1948; Welfare Department records, 1948-1983; Brecon Beacons National Park records, 1954-1966; Breconshire Civil Defence records, 1950-1968; Education Department records, 1861-1978; Motor Taxation Department vehicle registration registers and index cards, 1903-1974; Planning Department records, 1928-1971; and Land Agent's Department records, 1914-1966.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into fifteen groups, by type and deposit: Group One, committee minutes; Group Two, Clerk's Department records; Group Three, Health Department records; Group Four, Highways and Transportation Department records; Group Five, Highways and Transport/Roads and Bridge Department records; Group Six, Public Assistance Department records; Group Seven, County Surveyor's Department records; Group Eight, Treasurer's Department records; Group Nine, Welfare Department records; Group Ten, Brecon Beacons National Park records; Group Eleven, Breconshire Civil Defence records; Group Twelve, Education Department records; Group Thirteen, Motor Taxation Department records; Group Fourteen, Planning Department records; and Group Fifteen, Land Agent's Department records.
Conditions governing access: No restrictions
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 of the Council passed to its successor bdies and others.
Immediate source of acquisition: Parts transferred by Powys County Council, 1982-1991; deposited by Brecknock Museum, 1984; and deposited by Brecon Borough Council.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The collection includes some earlier papers accumulated by 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, Breconshire County Council, catalogue; 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