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Brecknock Poor Law Union Records

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Title: Brecknock Poor Law Union Records

Short title: Brecknock Union records

Dates of creation: 1862-1930

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Brecknock Poor Law Union


Administrative and biographical history: Until the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, relief of the poor was the responsibility of the parish. Following the Act, parishes were grouped into Unions that were charged to provide a workhouse for the relief of the able-bodied poor. Brecknock Poor Law Union was formed in 1836 and operated in constituent parishes of Aberyscir, Battle, Brecon, Cantref, Cathedine, Crai, Garthbrengy, Glyn, Glynetawe, Llanddeti; Llanddew, Llandyfaelog Fach, Llandefalle, Llandeilo'r Fan, Llanfigan, Llanfihangel Fechan, Llanfihangel Nant BrĂ¢n, Llanfihangel Tal-y-llyn, Llanfilo, Llanfrynach, Llangasty-Talyllyn, Llangorse, Llanhamlach, Llansantffraid, Llansbyddyd, Llan-y-wern, Maescar, Merthyr Cynog, Modrydd, Pen-pont, Sennybridge, Talachddu, Trallong, Trawscoed, Traean-glas, Traean-mawr, Venni-fach and Ysclydach in Brecknockshire. The Board of Guardians responsible for the Union had other duties from time to time, including the registration of births, marriages and deaths, vaccinations, assessments of rates, sanitation, school attendance and infant life protection. By the time of the Local Government Act 1929, Unions were abolished and their duties transferred to County Councils, with responsibility for the poor being transferred to the Public Assistance Committee until 1948. Brecknock Sanitary Authority was created under the Public Health Act 1872 to deal with sewerage, drainage, and water supply. They were based on the existing Poor Law Union areas and were administered by the Board of Guardians of the Poor. The Authority's powers were transferred to the Brecknock Rural District Council in 1894.


Scope and content: Records of the Brecknock Poor Law Union, 1862-1930, including Finance and General Purposes Committee minutes, 1898-1930; Assessment Committee minutes, 1862-1880; Rural Sanitary Authority minutes, 1872-1894; parochial ledgers, 1881-1886; abstracts of accounts and lists of paupers, 1926-1929; photograph of the Board of Guardians, 1930.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Minute books; Registers of mortgages; Abstracts of accounts; Assessment Committee; Rural Sanitary Authority; Parochial ledgers

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.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Powys County Archives Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

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, Board of Guardians, Brecknock Union, catalogue; The History of Poor Law website (http://users.ox.ac.uk/~peter/workhouse/unions.html), viewed 18 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



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